About Lymphedema and Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Lymphedema is a condition in which commonly causes swelling in the arms or legs but could also occur in the abdomen, chest, or face. It is caused by the disruption or blockage of the lymphatic system due to surgery, cancer, radiation, infection and in other cases, genetics.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a unique manual therapy technique that uses gentle strokes to encourage lymphatic flow on both the affected body part and adjacent areas.
- MLD can help reverse lymph flow and re-route lymphatic fluid around blocked areas into more centrally located, healthy areas. By doing this, the fluid is able to be transported through the regional lymph nodes. This procedure is also very soothing, so our patients love it.
- Our licensed physical therapists will also provide you with a medically supervised exercise programs that are designed to strengthen muscles and improve the function of the lymphatic system. These exercises focuses on encouraging circulation and regaining mobility to the affected limbs.
Bandaging and Compression
- With the use of bandaging and compression garments, the re-accumulation of lymphatic fluid is prevented. This also improves the effectiveness of exercise and prevents the onset of fibrosis.
- Our physical therapists may suggest a custom-made compression garment, in which they will be assisting in your fitting.
- Skin Care is important as it helps reduce the chances of bacterial and fungal growth. Proper skin care also avoids infection and injury to the skin.
To learn more how our therapists can treat your lymphedema, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Our contact forms are open to any questions you may have for your physical therapy needs or other treatment options for your condition.
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