For people who suffer from lymphedema and lipedema disorders which have impaired lymphatic systems that prevents proper drainage of lymph fluids, the symptoms can be annoying and difficult to alleviate. Oftentimes, lymphedema and lipedema occur in the legs, where the buildup of lymph fluid causes unnatural swelling and pain. Less severe lipedema and lymphedema symptoms may be treated with treated with medical grade compression garments, but for advanced lymphedema symptoms, the best treatment option is Complete Decongestive Therapy, or CDT.
How CDT Works
Complete Decongestive Therapy works through a multistep approach using massage techniques, exercise, compression, and sometimes additional skin care techniques. The main component of CDT is focused massage techniques termed manual lymph drainage massage. This technique uses a scooping motion with the hand, applying pressure to manually guide trapped lymph fluid out of the affected limb or limbs.
Manual lymph drainage is combined with exercise and stretching to increase the mobility of the affected patient. Additionally, compression garments are used to help the body keep the lymph fluid from building up further, or from reversing the effects of the manual lymph drainage massage. Medical grade compression garments are tightest at the ankle, with a graduated lessening of pressure as they move up the leg.
Effectiveness of CDT Treatments
For patients who suffer from extreme lymphedema, CDT can be very effective an alleviating symptoms. For example, one woman experienced a loss of 110 lbs. after just a month of treatment, including around 67 liters of fluid that accounted for a nearly 40% volume reduction in her legs. This amazing transformation is indicative of the healing power of the CDT treatment plan.
Complete Decongestive Therapy can also have benefits for people with generalized edema and lipo-lymphedema. Lipo-lymphedema, also known as secondary lymphedema, occurs when a patient with advanced lipedema symptoms develops lymphedema as a result. These two conditions create a vicious cycle, with the symptoms of each disease feeding the other. CDT is often used as a treatment method for these patients, helping reduce swelling and pain, and even increasing the strength of capillaries, helping to avoid hematoma formation in lipedema patients. However, people who have lipedema, but aren’t experiencing much swelling, may not benefit from CDT.
If you have lymphedema or lipedema, or are experiencing symptoms associated with these disorders, you may benefit from Complete Decongestive Therapy. This non-invasive medical technique has helped countless patients manage and reverse their symptoms. Call today to schedule your consultation, and see how you can benefit from this effective therapy option.
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