Lymphedema Treatment using Combined Decongestive Therapy
The most effective Lymphedema treatment is known as Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). CDT consists of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), short stretch compression bandaging, therapeutic exercise, skin care and patient education. CDT effectively reduces swelling and helps return the tissues back to their normal size and function.
We Treat Swelling Caused By...
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle "hands-on technique" which encourages the natural flow of the lymph fluid through the body, reducing swelling and promoting healing . MLD is now recognized as a primary tool in Lymphedema management and is only performed at Kind'er Touch by certified MLD Therapists.
Compression bandages are special "low stretch" bandages that are used to prevent the re-accumulation of lymph fluid and to assist the body in the re-absorption of excess fluid. Unlike common high stretch bandages (like ACE bandages), low stretch bandages are used by trained therapists to increase the efficiency of the muscle and joint pumps and help maintain and reduce limb swelling between visits.
Trauma or Accident
Hygiene & Skin Care
Skin and nail infections are carefully addressed during treatment to ensure rapid healing. Special skin lotions are applied during treatment to help control and eliminate infections.
All patients have specially designed exercise programs developed for them by our Therapists. These exercise programs are designed to be performed with low-stretch bandages & compression garments in place to help drain lymph fluid.
Risk Reduction Education
To aide in the patients continued self-care process our Therapists provide specific instructions and education to help prevent future swelling & infection therefore reducing the need for future medical attention.
Kinder Touch Physical Therapy