Lymphedema Management Program
Our lymphedema therapist has been treating patients with lymphedema since 2001. She attended an Advanced Lymphedema Training Clinic at the world famous Foeldi Clinic in Germany with Klose Training in 2005.
Complete Decongestive Therapy includes Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Compression Bandaging, Lymphatic Drainage Exercises, and recommendations for Skin Care and Activity modification. Modified CDT is also available if appropriate for the patient.
Manual Lymphatic (MLD) is a special form of massage. Most patients and professionals are initially surprised at how light the pressure is. MLD is effective at stimulating the lymphatic system to move fluid from congestive areas, and at re-routing fluid around impaired areas.
Compression Bandaging (CB) using special short-stretch bandages makes the natural pumping action of muscles more effective at moving fluid, and creates pressure gradients to influence where fluid accumulates.
Lymphatic Drainage Exercises (LDE) are often considered remedial exercises because they are gentle motions. When combined with deep breathing, and performed in a special sequence, the gentle movements promote lymphatic movement and decongestion.
Patient education on skin care and activity levels can help a patient avoid unnecessary relapses and empower a patient to notice how activity influences the lymphatic condition, ultimately helping a patient reach his/her goals.
Lymphedema treatment can also be helpful for patients with venous problems as well. Talk to your doctor to see if lymphedema treatment is appropriate for you.