COMPLETE DE-CONGESTIVE THERAPY
2 Phases ~ Reduction - Maintenance
Phase 1: Reduction
The aim here is to reduce the fluid in the tissues to enable a compression garment to be used.
This phase involves daily sessions of manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging (multilayer), de-congestive exercises , skin care, breathing exercises. and education.
Phase 2: Maintenance
The aim of this phase is the long term maintenance of the reduction in limb size obtained in Phase 1. This involves measuring and fitting of a compression garment , regular manual lymphatic drainage, exercise, skin care, breathing exercises and education on home self care including self massage and self bandaging.
CDT is used for treating lymphedema, lipodema, lipo-lymphedema and edema from venous insufficiency.