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.
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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
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.
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.