Lymphoedema

Education | Manual Lymphatic Drainage | Compression Therapy | Exercise

Treatment Options

Hollywood Functional Rehabilitation Clinic provides a holistic multidisciplinary approach to lymphoedema therapy. This ‘best practice’ approach will assist in reducing discomfort and improving quality of life.

Complex Lymphoedema Therapy

Best practice management of lymphoedema involves a holistic multidisciplinary approach and is provided by qualified lymphoedema therapists.1

Complex Lymphoedema Therapy (CLT), also known as Complex Physical Therapy (CPT) or Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT), is the recommended treatment method.

Complex Lymphoedema Therapy is individualised for each patient and includes education, skin care, exercise, manual lymphatic drainage and compression therapy.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a specialised massage therapy. It is an integral component in the international recommended optimal treatment guidelines.2

Linda Khong provides MLD at both Hollywood Functional Rehabilitation Clinic and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Linda is accredited with the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Registrar in Australia and has postgraduate qualifications in Manual Therapy. Linda is also fully certified in the Dr Vodder and advanced Foeldi Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy.

Compression Therapy

Compression garments encourage the flow of lymph fluid out of the affected region.

It is very important to achieve the correct fit as a poor fitting compression garment may cause pain and discomfort.

HFRC Physiotherapists can provide compression bandaging, prescribing and fitting of custom made compression garments as well as ready to wear compression items.

Exercise

Exercise is a recommended comment in Complex Lymphoedema Therapy.

HFRC’s Exercise physiologists provide patients with a structured and managed exercise program customised to each patients condition.

Patients benefit from access to specialised rehabilitation facilities including; hydrotherapy, resistance training and medical ergometers.

Education

Education is a core component in Lymphoedema Therapy.

As part of the lymphoedema management plan with HFRC, patients receive education on self-management of their condition, advice on skin care, scar care, positioning, clothing, footwear and return to work/activities.

  1. Australian Lymphology Association
  2. Bernas, M.; White, M.; Kriederman, B.; Summers, P.; Witte, C., “Massage therapy in the treatment of lymphedema,” Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE , vol.24, no.2, pp.58,68, March-April 2005
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