What is Lymphedema?

Why Certified Lymphedema Therapist?

Manual Lymphatic Therapy (MLD) should be administered by Certified Lymphedema Therapists specifically trained in lymphedema therapy. 

It is important to see a Certified Lymphedema Therapist because your therapist is knowable about the precautions and contraindications to prevent harm.  Where appropriate your therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner.  

MLD together with compression, exercise and skin care is known as Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and is one of the most highly effective, non-invasive treatments for lymphedema. CLT's, like myself, are trained to perform therapeutic massage and CDT.

What to expect?

Your first visit will include a consultation during which your therapist will recommend the number and frequency of future sessions. Each session will last approximately one hour. MLD utilizes gentle stretching and specific massage techniques to stimulate the lymphatic system. 

Your Certified Lymphedema Therapist is trained to use different hands-on therapies to clear thick fibrosis, and manual pumping techniques to divert fluid around  blockages, and back to your heart. This therapeutic massage stimulates the lymphatic vessels which carry substances vital to the defense of your body and removes waste products.

What are the benefits of MLD?

Lymphatic drainage massage is an effective component for the treatment and control of lymphedema  

  • Therapeutic massage can improve many chronic conditions: sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, acne and other skin conditions.
  • May strengthen the immune system.
  • Can be used to speed healing after cosmetic surgery.
  • Promotes healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars.

Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Lymphedema is swelling due to build-up of lymph fluid in the body. Lymph nodes act like a drain in your sink. If the drain is clogged, the fluid cannot drain. It usually happens in the arms or legs, but can occur in other parts of the body. Lymph fluid is part of the lymph system that carries fluid and cells that help fight infections throughout the body. Sometimes this swelling develops quickly, or it may develop slowly over several months or years. Lymphedema often begins at the farthest part of the limb (hand, wrist or foot, ankle) and symptoms may include a dull ache, tingling, tightness, difficulty moving the swollen part and a heavy feeling

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