Lymphatic Drainage

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and/or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC)                                               

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help the body get rid of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.

While the heart continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system relies on the movement of muscles to move fluid through the lymph vessels.

Health conditions and unhealthy lifestyles can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a particular area of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can cause swelling.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and/or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

The main goal of manual lymphatic drainage and complete decongestive therapy is to improve or restore lymph drainage efficiency that has become impaired due to medical treatment, infections, coexisting medical conditions, or any other reason..

Manual Lymphatic drainage can benefit people who are experiencing the following:

  • Lymphedema
  • Post-surgical procedures (mastectomy, joint replacement, DVT)
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Arthritis
  • Fluid retention syndrome (accumulation of water in body)
  • Skin disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Digestive problems
  • Liposuction
  • Migraine episodes
  • Fatigue

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) includes:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage (massage)
  • Compression bandaging
  • Exercises
  • Skin care and garments                                            

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC)

This therapeutic technique is based on a medical device that consists of an air pump and inflatable sleeves. The device is used to prevent formation of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and reduce swelling/edema by improving venous circulation in the limbs.

This technique is also highly recommended to speed up post-workout recovery, by decreasing the lactic acid which builds up in the muscles after intense exercises.

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression can be beneficial for conditions like:

  • Feeling of heaviness in legs, especially after long run, walk or flight
  • Intense workout including marathon, walkathon or prolonged standing
  • Swelling or edema
  • Fatigue

Is the treatment painful?

No, this treatment should not cause any pain. If any pain occurs during treatment, it is an indication to stop the treatment and do additional medical checkups to eliminate other medical conditions.

How long does a session last?

Treatment for upper or lower limbs last for 1 hour. Lymphatic drainage of head and face area takes 30 minutes

How long do the treatment effects last?

Depending on the medical condition and post-treatment activities, the effects of treatment can last for about 24 hours. The therapist will determine the best treatment plan to keep the effects longer.

How often do I need to come?

It depends on the condition. However, most commonly, in the 1st intensive phase, it is recommended to undertake 2-3 treatments per week for about 2-3 weeks, then when the 2nd phase of maintenance is achieved, it is possible to lower the number of visits to 1 session per week or fortnightly.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions vary based on each medical condition and treatment indication. The treatment plan is offered and discussed during the first visit.

Do I need to bring anything with me for my treatment?

Please bring your current medical documentation. We also highly recommend that you wear comfortable loose clothes and comfortable sports footwear, especially if the treatment involves the lower limbs.

Are there any additional costs of the treatment?

Depending on the medical condition, we may recommend Complete Decongestive Therapy which includes lymphatic bandaging. These bandages are specially designed for lymphatic drainage and are different from those available in pharmacies. Patients can purchase them after treatment in our clinic. The number of bandages required is based on each patient’s individual needs. Bandages are reusable and washable. Please make sure to bring them for each session.
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