Ms Karin Wolfsperger
MLD UK and BLS REG
All cancer-related lymphoedema
- Primary lymphoedema
- Post-operative swelling
- Secondary lymphoedema due to trauma
- MLD UK professional body/association of MLD practitioners
- BLS British Lymphology Society
Karin qualified as a Manual Lymphatic Drainage/Lymphoedema therapist and masseur in 1993. She worked in a lymphoedema hospital (Foeldi Klinik) and a physiotherapy practice in Germany until she moved to Hove in January 2000. She has been practicing in the Brighton, Hove and wider Sussex area ever since. From 2001 to January 2018, Karin provided an NHS-funded lymphoedema service in Brighton and Hove. Alongside her NHS work, she also offered some private treatment. In February 2018, she began extending her private service and is now dedicated full-time to private work, including her clinic at The Montefiore Hospital.
Karin’s main expertise lies in the management of lymphoedema. Treatment may include Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), compression bandaging, skin care, exercises, fitting of compression garments and Kinesio-taping. She also teaches self-management techniques, guiding and supporting her patients to a better understanding and control of their condition. MLD is used to stimulate the lymph system and encourage lymph flow, promoting the removal of excess fluid and waste products. The lymphatic vessels also carry substances vital to the body's defence. It is used to improve lymphoedema, post-operative swelling and several chronic conditions. It is a unique method using a range of gentle pumping actions moving the skin to direct, and increase the flow of lymph. This is achieved by movements over the skin that stimulate the contractions of lymphatic vessels.
Referrals include those from Consultants, GPs and self-referring patients.