Lymphedema Therapy

This therapy consists of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD).  Special hand strokes, to gently massage the affected area, manually move the lymph fluid to healthy lymph nodes where it can drain.  This is a safe, effective, non-invasive method to reduce the swelling.  Bandages are applied to retain the swell reduction.

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is comprised of four components:

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
Therapeutic Exercises
Bandaging / Compression Garments (to maintain reduction)
Skin Care

Living With Lymphedema

There are several things one can do to make living with Lymphedema easier:

Avoid trauma / injury to the area

Drink plenty of water

Don’t allow shots or blood draws on the affected limb when possible

Engage in moderate exercise approved by your physician or therapist

Don’t wear clothes, jewelry or shoes that limit circulation

Eat a balanced diet avoiding salt, alcohol, sugars and fatty foods

Keep skin mositurized to avoid cracking

Avoid sitting for extended periods to prevent swelling

Have blood pressure taken on unaffected arm

Maintain a healthy weight 

              

The focus of our treatments will be to reduce swelling, bandaging to maintain that reduction and the use of therapeutic exercises to assist you in achieving the maximum results.  Each case is based on the individual, their physical abilities and physician recommendations.