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Lymphatic Drainage/Complete Decongestive Therapy

What is lymphedema?


Lymphedema is an accumulation of protein rich fluid caused by a disruption of the lymphatic system.  Swelling can occur in the face, neck, abdomen and genitals but is most common in the arms and legs. 

Lymphedema can be classified as either primary or secondary.

Primary lymphedema is a result of missing or impaired lymphatic vessels.  It can be present at birth or develop later in life with no obvious cause.

Secondary lymphedema is more common and can be the result of surgery or side effects of cancer treatment.  Additionally, secondary forms may occur following an injury, trauma or infection of the lymphatic system. Secondary lymphedema can develop immediately post-operatively, or weeks, months, even years after the cause.

Symptoms: Treatment:
  • A full sensation in the limb(s)
  • Skin feels tight
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Difficulty fitting in to clothing in one specific area or ring/watch tightness
  • Persistent swelling

Complete Decongestive Therapy CDT consists of:

  1. Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  2. Compression Bandaging
  3. Remedial Exercise
  4. Meticulous skin and nail care
  5. Introductions in self-care.
Indication for Complete Decongestive Therapy:
  • Primary and secondary lymphedema
  • Lipidema
  • Chronic venous insufficiency/venous edema
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Post-traumatic edema
  • Post surgical edema
It is very important that you see a doctor immediately as early diagnosis and treatment is the key!








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