Combined Decongestive Therapy

This is a specialist therapy designed to address lymphoedema, the swelling of part of the body – usually an arm or a leg – due to the build up of fluid in the body tissues.

The therapy generally combines manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), layered bandages or compression garments, exercises and skin care. MLD is a very specialised massage aiming to stimulate the fluid away from the affected area. It’s very gentle and completely different from other forms of massage, so should only be carried out by a registered therapist. A set of exercises is also advised by the therapist to try and maximise drainage.


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