Complete Decongestive Therapy
When we talk about lymphedema therapy, we normally refer to two phases. The first phase is called decongestion, the second phase is called maintenance.
A cure to lymphedema continues to elude medical professionals. However, trusted treatments and improved management tools can slow, and even prevent the progression of the disease.
Complete Decongestive Therapy is the gold standard for treating and managing lymphedema. There are two phases to this program:
In the decongestion phase, the goal is to reduce the edema as much as possible, bring it to a stable size and to soften the tissue. This phase consists of intensive manual lymph drainage (MLD) and compression therapy, with short-stretch bandages as the main components, completed by skin care and exercise.
In the maintenance phase, the goal is to keep swelling at a reduced, stable level to enable your everyday living. This is achieved by using compression garments.
The sooner you begin a suitable program of therapy, the better are the prospects of preventing disease progression and improving your condition.