a vital part of your health care
a vital part of your health care
This section is designed to further explain the treatment for Lymphedema using Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD®) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Every part of the CDT process contributes to the treatment and, under the direction of a Vodder-trained therapist, excellent results can be obtained.
Lymph is a colorless fluid, which forms in the body tissues and drains into the blood through a network of vessels and nodes. Major components of lymph include:
Once these components have been picked up from the tissue spaces by the lymphatic vessels, it is referred to as Lymph.
600 - 1000 nodes in the human body function to:
Lymphedema is a protein-rich swelling (edema) caused by a problem with the lymphatic system. This problem may be organic or functional in origin. Functional lymphedemas are reversible once the underlying cause is resolved. Organic lymphedemas are usually irreversible and are what this info referrs to.
If these symptoms persist, seek advice from your medical team. The earlier lymphedema is diagnosed and treated, the more successful the results.
It is also possible for lymphedema to combine with other forms of edema (e.g. venous or lipedema) which is referred to as mixed edema.
Dr. Emil and Estrid Vodder developed Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage techniques in the 1930's. Therapists trained by the internationally recognized Dr. Vodder School International complete an extensive 160-hour course on MLD® and CDT including pathology instruction and examination with the medical director of the school. To maintain their certification the therapists must re-certify every 2 years by attending a 25-hour course.
More info: www.vodderschool.com
A broad range of emotions may accompany LYMPHEDEMA, including fear, sadness, grief, depression, isolation, frustration and anger. Please remember that these feelings are normal reactions to an abnormal situation.
Emotional Well-being: Emotions have strong effects on the physical body, especially the immune system. It is important to:
Emotional Support Will:
Although this is easier to suggest than to create, having an optimistic outlook and positive lifestyle will help. For example, taking an active role in your health care will help you feel empowered and good about yourself. Becoming informed will help ease some of your initial fears.
Being informed is especially important where you may face conflicting advice regarding your lymphedema. Trust your instincts. Ask whatever questions you need to better understand your treatment options.
One Day at a Time: Managing lymphedema may also include daily exercise and stress management as well as regular treatments. At this point in time there is no cure for lymphedema. It is necessary to take each day one step at a time. Through experience, you will gain a comfort level in performing your daily living activities without causing a worsening of your symptoms.
Be Kind to Yourself: It is normal to feel disheartened about the lymphedema or its treatment. At these times, patients have reported that talking to someone in their support network is particularly helpful in validating their feelings and experiences. Please be compassionate towards yourself at all times.
Common feelings after the onset of Lymphedema include hopelessness, frustration, depression, isolation, regret, shame, anger, grief, and/or fear. These feelings are also common responses to the realization that lymphedema may involve:
Advanced Stages of Lymphedema May Cause:>
Please do not give up hope. Feelings can be powerful motivators for constructive and positive change in our lives. It is possible to get some control over your lymphedema and to feel good about yourself.
DR. Vodder's Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy information reproduced with permission from the Victoria MLD® Group. To obtain permission to use, reproduce, or distribute, please phone 250.598.9862