Lymphedema Awareness Month Tips: CDT
CDT (Combined Decongestive Therapy) basically means doing your lymphatic drainage with a register therapist AND daily doing your own home-case techniques, combined with compression.
When you already have a lot of swelling in a limb as a result of primary (congenital) or secondary (caused by injury, surgery etc) lymphoedema, you need what we call an ‘intensive’ course of MLD treatments, with layers of compression bandaging applied at the end of each session.
This usually lasts 2 or 3 weeks and is designed to, kid of, squeeze as much of that fluid out of the limb as possible, while also teaching your body to bring fluid from the damaged & ‘drainage area’ to an area that is functioning normally.
And then you need to keep up the good work at home with your daily home-care techniques and wearing your compression garment.
It can sound daunting, but the results speak for themselves. You want to get that fluid out? This is the way to do it.
If you get on top of the situation BEFORE a big build up of fluid, you have got more options and may avoid ever needing an intensive.
Exactly why I try to reach people before they develop visible symptoms. Get ahead of it and you won’t have to battle it later.
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