Lymphedema, acute or chronic edema (swelling), post operative swelling, dense fibrous or lumpy tissue are some of the issues Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) treats. This therapy manually removes blockages in the body’s lymph system enabling removal of metabolic waste large protein molecules, and excess fluid from the tissues. Without a well functioning lymphatic system, our body swells when the lymphatic vessels are overwhelmed. MLD manually opens passageways to allow the excess waste to move toward healthy lymph nodes so your body can feel lighter and move easier.
MLD is part of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), a comprehensive clinical approach to the treatment of Lymphedema. For those who are diagnosed with Lymphedema, CDT is the standard method of decreasing the tissue swelling before compression garments are purchased. CDT is the process of utilizing MLD, Skin Care, Compression with Short-Stretch Bandaging, and Exercise with Bandaging. We are certified to cover all four areas, and will assist with the bandaging before and after therapy. Garment Fitting measurements are covered for current clientel, and insurance with a Rx is accepted.
Stages of Lower Limb Lymphedema
There is actually a Stage 0 Lymphedema. Before signs of swelling occur the limb can begin to feel heavy. Elevation and/or compression are helpful and symptoms are easier to alleviate. In Stage 1 elevation and/or compression help, and the disease of Lymphedema is still preventable. In Stage 2 the internal Lymphatic vessels have been destroyed to the extent that the limb is now subject to the irreversable life-long disease of Lymphedema.
** For therapy to be covered by insurance, please contact us at Julie@alignbodyworks.com to ensure coverage.