Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is used to enhance lymph flow.
We use gentle, slow movements to direct the lymph fluid toward functioning lymphatic areas and assists in establishing new lymphatic pathways.
Keeping fluid moving softens tissues and reduces the risk of infection such as cellulitis.
MLD is used to reduce limb size and is performed before bandaging and usually before ordering a compression garment.
Regular MLD maintains limb size & health so a modified version is taught for you to perform self-massage at home.
A compression garment is used to maintain limb size and soften tissue. These garments help prevent the progression of lymphoedema.
We will take your measurements and order your garment. Garments come as either made-to-measure or off-the-shelf according to your needs.
'Flight' sleeves and stockings are used where appropriate to prevent the onset of lymphoedema.
Compression may also include bandaging. Often a regime of bandaging is necessary to achieve a significant limb reduction prior to fitting a garment.
Bandaging can also assist in wound care, fibrosis and when repeat episodes of infection (cellulitis) is an issue.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy has been shown to reduce swelling, reduce pain and increase range of motion and scar mobility.
This is a painless, noninvasive treatment.
The Lymphoedema Clinic uses both the Handy Cure Laser and the Riancorp LTU-904 low level lasers.
Lymph taping (Kinesiotape)
When professionally applied, lymph taping directs the lymph fluid to functioning lymphatic areas.
Use of lymph tape can also soften tissue, scars and support areas of concern.
Intermittent pneumatic compression mimics the body’s manual lymphatic drainage. By applying pressure to the surface of the limb, it promotes the circulation of blood and fluid throughout the body. Each chamber inflates and deflates sequentially starting from the extremity and moving towards the centre of the body.
Post surgical scars can affect function. They might feel tight, sensitive, puckered and may affect the movement of nearby joints.
Treatment includes education, desensitisation, gentle massage or mobilisation of the scar and stretching.
The aim of our treatment is to improve your movement and return to normal activity, improve appearance, and reduce sensitivity and pain.
Cording can appear in the trunk, axilla (armpit), along the forearm and to the elbow or wrist. If feels like a tight band or cord and can be a single thick band or multiple thin cords (fiddle strings).
Treatment includes gentle release of any surrounding scars that may be the root cause and massage of the cords. Low level laser therapy and education on stretches/exercises may also be used to improve outcomes.
After treatment you should return to full movement and normal activity, and have less pain.
Occupational Therapy treatment can help with symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment through a variety or strategies, education and rehabilitation techniques. Contact the clinic to discuss how we can help counter:
- Loss of movement and strength
- Impact on daily activities including work and leisure
- Chemo brain/fog
- Changes in sensation or feeling
Post Op swelling
MLD and lymph taping can also help people with oedema caused by surgical procedures such as cosmetic surgery (eg. breast surgery, tummy tuck).
For more information or to book an appointment:
If you would like to discuss any of these treatments or arrange for an assessment please contact Nicola.