Lymphoedema Therapy consists of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), Compression Therapy, Skin Care and Remedial exercise. Applied together they form the Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
CDT – two phases
The first phase is an intense period of compression bandaging with short stretch bandages, MLD if not contraindicated and kinesio taping, all to provide maximum outcome in reducing the swelling to a manageable size. Patients will come to the clinic several times a week or every day. Duration of that phase is entirely dependent on the individual patient’s condition.
Phase two is to move to self-management. During this phase a made to measure compression garment is provided. Skin care and remedial exercise complement compression therapy during both phases.
Patients are reassessed every 4 to 6 months and remeasured for made to measure garments
Manual Lymph drainage
MLD is a specialised, gentle form of skin massage which may be used as part of lymphoedema treatment. MLD aims to encourage the extra lymph fluid to move away from the swollen area so it can drain normally. It includes special techniques to help to break down the fibrotic areas and more.
Post trauma or post-operative patient management
MLD Techniques together with kinesio taping are used to provide regular management of secondary lymphoedema particular due to trauma and post operative patient management to reduce swelling, improve the time of recovery, scar management and to improve the joint mobility.
Fluid retention during pregnancy can be managed with MLD and kinesio taping. Particularly relevant when there are unmanaged scars of C section from a previous pregnancy.
Our specialist therapist – Yulia – check out our team page
for more information about Yulia who is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Lymphoedema using the Földi method of complete decongestive physiotherapy.