Lymphedema Therapy in Dunmore
Lymphedema is a buildup of lymphatic fluid under the skin which causes swelling. The location and amount of different for each person. It is most often seen in one or both arms or legs. Lymphedema can present in both men and women and is a lifelong condition that has no cure. More than 5 million Americans currently live with this disease. Lymphedema can be managed with early diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care to reduce swelling and improve quality of life.
Lymphedema treatment is a non-invasive hands-on form of treatment and is the gold standard to manage Lymphedema. Treatment is divided into two phases.
Treatment is five days per week and this phase focuses on completely decongesting lymphatic pathways using hands-on manual lymphatic drainage (MLD). Treatment is a massage that is gentle, soothing and helps promote lymphatic fluid to move to areas that are not affected so the body may reabsorb the fluid. Gentle remedial exercises are done and patient education on proper skin care and nail hygiene is performed. Compression therapy is also performed to promote the return of lymph fluid to uninvolved lymphatic pathways.
Compression garments are issued to the patient to be worn during day and evening and home exercises are to continue to promote lymphatic return through exercise. Follow up appointments at periodic intervals are indicated to monitor for changes in limb volume and medical management of the lymphedema.
Treatment provided by a therapist certified in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
Owner of Mobile Therapy Services, Dr. Charles Stevens DPT, continued his education this fall by successfully completing the certification training program with the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy from October 5-13th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Charles competed for a total of 135 hours of instruction which comprised of 90 hours of classroom instruction and 45 hours of home study for the full CDT certification. This exemplifies his proficiency in the techniques of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and in a written and practical examination has demonstrated knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system.