Lymphedema is an unhealthy accumulation of lymph fluid
in the body. Your lymph fluid is responsible for fighting infection and disease by collecting and moving bacteria, viruses and waste
that are found in your body. When extra fluid builds up, it creates swelling, usually in an arm or leg.
Lymphedema can result from injury, surgery, cancer treatment or is sometimes a hereditary disorder. It can lead to infection and pain. Once you have lymphedema, it can be managed, but not cured. Therefore, it is important to prevent it from occurring.
Treatment consists of:
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage
- Compression bandaging
- Therapeutic exercises
- Skin care
- Patient education
- Compression garments
Depending on the stage or progression of the disorder, the plan of care is determined individually and may require intensive phase treatments 3 times/week to decrease swelling and progress to compression bandaging as soon as possible. Intensive therapy is followed by a second, individualized management phase of treatment that is designed to continue improvement.
At MTC, we have five Certified Lymphedema Therapists who have undergone a 135 hour hands-on course through a nationally approved school.
Shea Shulman, Nancy Strand, Mary Ann Maloney, Melissa Kelly and Karen Heide are all licensed massage therapists that are both Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLTs) and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Certified.
Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your case.