Complete Decongestive Therapy is an intense treatment program that combines a combination of treatments to reduce swelling of a
The program can include:
Measuring of the affected limb(s)
which allows us to keep a record of how the
process is going.
Lymphatic Drainage Sequence
simple steps to open up your lymphatic system.
It is taught to you in your initial consultation so you can continue this at home each day.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage of the limb(s)
gentle stokes encouraging lymph
to move to the heart.
quite constrictive on the swollen limb. It is worn
24/7, changed every 2 to 4 days. Once all fluid is reduced the bandaging can stop. How many bandages will depend on how your body reacts to the
compression and how much fluid there is to drain.
maintain the size of your limb, they do not reduce
the limb size. Compression garments are measured to fit your limb once excess fluid has been reduced after compression bandaging.
Discussion of exercises and skin care
There are a variety of options
you can do to help your lymphatic system. We will discuss what ones will best suit you and your lifestyle.
Establishing a program to manage your Lymphoedema
again we discuss
your lifestyle and work a program that will suit you. No two people are the same.
The sooner you start treatment, the easier and quicker you will be able to reduce swelling and minimise the risk of complications to the limb(s)
What is Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is swelling in the body, due to the lymphatic vessels not being able to ‘mop’ up excess fluid in the body.
Unfortunately Lymphoedema will not heal itself, treatment is needed to control and then manage the swelling. Lymphoedema
is generally in a limb, but can occur anywhere in the body. Once the fluid has been drained from the affected area, using
Complete Decongestive Therapy, a compression garment will to be measured and worn daily.