At Suncoast Lymphedema Therapy Center, we provide customized treatment programs for each patient with lymphedema or other conditions causing abnormal swelling of body.

The gold standard of treatment for Lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

This treatment consists of four steps:

1.  Hygiene and topical skin care are done to eliminate bacterial and fungal growth/infections.

2.  Manual lymph drainage (MLD) facilitates the flow of lymph fluid into the venous circulation by using specific

     manual movements along the lymphatic pathways to empty and decompress obstructed lymph vessels.

     It is NOT massage.


3.  Compression bandaging and garments are used in combination with MLD and prevent the affected limb              from refilling. ‘Low’ stretch or ‘short’ stretch bandages are used to compensate for diminished tissue                    pressure. ACE wraps cannot be substituted since these wraps can tighten and restrict lymph flow. Once                swelling is reduced, the patient is fitted with a compression garment such as a glove, sleeve, or stocking.

4.  Decongestive exercises are simple exercises taught to the patient while wearing compression bandages

     or garments. These exercises further reduce swelling by activating the muscle-joint pump, thus

     activating the movement of lymphatic fluids.

Call Us:  1-941-321-7171

I didn’t know that what I suffered from was lymphedema. All I knew was that I had frequent, long bouts of swelling in my arm and leg. It was affecting my ability to handle normal tasks along with my desire to go out in public. The pain and discomfort wore me down and definitely lowered my quality of life. Thankfully, I found Diana’s treatments to be my saving grace! Not only did I feel relief and improvement in my ability to move my limbs normally, but during the treatment, I always felt pampered and nurtured with her gentle touch and warm nature. The bonus was the education I got from Diana explaining each step of the treatment and how it affects my body and the overall goal of wellness. I look forward to my treatments now!  S.B., Sarasota

Conditions Treated 

Our Services


Not all patients with abnormal swelling require all 4 steps of CDT. 

Patients  are instructed in skin care, active range of motion, stretching and strengthening exercises.

  • Primary/Secondary Lymphedema
  • Post Mastectomy/Prostate Surgery or Lymph Node Removal
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
  • Post operative healing: cosmetic, knee or hip surgery
  • Promotes wellness and strengthens the immune system
  • Helps chronic inflammatory processes such as chronic fatigue syndrome, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, eczema, etc.
  • Stimulates the Parasympathetic System and decreases the tone of the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system thus helping pain and stress by promoting deep relaxation
  • Has helped some patients find relief from symptoms related to Lyme Disease

Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage

Suncoast Lymphedema Therapy Center​


​Manual Lymph Drainage is a natural way to detoxify the body and stimulate vital immune defenses by stimulating  

the Lymphatic System. This system regulates the immune system and protects the body against infection by removing micro-organisms, toxins and excess fluid from the body.  ​​​