Lisa Higgins is a Remedial Massage Therapist who offers Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Low Level Laser Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy. She has been practicing since 2006 in both Sydney and Dubai. She was a member of the Editorial Committee of the Australasian Lymphology Association between 2016 and 2018, helping to produce the Lymph Exchange, the magazine of the ALA. She is still an Admin on the ALA Facebook Support Group.

Lisa requalified as a Vodder therapist with a certification in Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy in August 2013. She re-certified in April 2015 and 2017 and attends the biennial ALA Lymphodema Conference. She also regularly attends webinars and workshops to further update her skills.

In 2019 Lisa was appointed NSW Clinical Consultant for Mobiderm Australia.  She will be running training workshops for other therapists as well as phone consultations to inform therapist about the range of Mobiderm products and their application.

Lisa attended the 3rd National Conference for Lipoedema Australia in August 2018, presenting a workshop on self-maintenance for lipoedema.

She regularly presents workshops on self-maintenance post breast-cancer treatment with the YWCAencore programme in Frenchs Forest, NSW (www.ywcaencore.org.au)

Lisa attends a monthly Women’s Cancer Support Group and has set up their website and manages their Facebook page. She regularly gives talks to the group on lymphoedema.

Lisa primarily works with cancer clients post treatment to help reduce the effects of lymphoedema.  She has a particular interest in working with women who have lipoedema, helping them to understand the condition and treatment options including compression, exercise and self-care.

 
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle manual technique which helps restore the body’s balance by effectively clearing toxins from the body, as well as helping to reduce fluid retention from a variety of causes ranging from PMT, oedema, lymphoedema, sinusitis, pre and post surgery or injury.  It is particularly effective in reducing lymphoedema post cancer.  Regular treatment can help to boost the immune system.  MLD is tolerated well by patients who may find other forms of massage too painful.  It is a slow, rhythmical treatment which makes it relaxing and therapeutic at the same time.

Lisa uses MLD to treat Lipoedema, a commonly misdiagnosed condition affecting up to 11% of the female population (exact figures are unknown). Lipoedema mainly affects the legs but can affect the arms and abdomen as well.  It is a painful fat syndrome which is progressive.  The fat in affected limbs is soft and bruises easily and the lower body can be a disproportionate size to the upper, with a small waist.  Changes to the limbs can be triggered by hormonal changes, ie, puberty, pregnancy or menopause.  A healthy, anti-inflammatory diet seems to help with the pain levels though not with weight loss on the affected limbs.  Lisa teaches self-care techniques to help manage the condition and advises on compression and other maintenance tools.  For more information on lipoedema go to lipoedemaaustralia.com.au

Benefits of MLD:

*  Reduction in the size of limbs affected by lymphoedema
*  Stimulation of the immune system
*  Reduction in symptoms of sinusitis
*  Reduction in fluid retention
*  Assists in regulating hormonal imbalances in women
*  Reduction in swelling and bruising post surgery
*  Reduction in pain
MLD is given to a partially undressed client and careful draping is always applied.  Powder may be used during the treatment.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on treatment that releases long-held tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.  Using a soft touch practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissue that surrounds the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?

* Migraines and Headaches
* Chronic Neck and Back Pain
* Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
* Motor-Coordination Impairments
* Infant and Childhood Disorders
* Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
* Chronic Fatigue
* Fibromyalgia
* TMJ Syndrome
* Scoliosis
* Central Nervous System Disorders
* Learning Disabilities
* ADD/ADHD
* Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
* Orthopedic Problems
* And Many Other Conditions

CST is administered to a fully clothed client.