Lymphedema

lymphedema

 

Lymphedema is a serious condition indicating that the lymph system is unable to handle the lymph load.  Treatment should begin as soon as lymphedema is diagnosed.  The goal of treatment is to reduce the swelling and facilitate the flow of lymph fluid to the venous circulation of the affected area.

The most effective approach is a method called “COMBINED” or ‘COMPLEX DECONGESTIVE THERAPY”, a four step process typically carried out over a 4 week period.  The four elements we use are:

DR. VODDER COMBINED DECONGESTIVE THERAPY

MLD Therapy is performed to open lymphatics in the unaffected regions to help drain the affected areas.

COMPRESSION THERAPY

Bandaging of the affected areas following MLD Therapy is a precise and accurate procedure using specific bandages and interfacing materials.

REMEDIAL EXERCISES AND BREATHING

This promotes further venous and lymphatic flow by activating the muscle and joint pumps.

SKIN CARE AND HYGIENE

Excellent skin cleansing with antibacterial washes and neutral balanced PH lotions will help to eliminate bacterial and fungal growth to minimize the possibility of repeated attacks of cellulitis and/or lymphangitis.

These elements are performed by our licensed, highly trained and experienced therapists.