Treatment options and techniques
♦ Initial Assessment
→ which includes: • Review of health history form and relevant questions
• Range of motion assessment
• Limb girth measurement
• Palpation and physical examination
• Other assessments as needed
♦ Combined Decongestive Therapy for Lymphedema (Swelling)
→ which includes: • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
• Fibrosis - special techniques and softening/reduction devices
• Compression bandaging or/and Compression garments
• Remedial exercise therapy
• Therapeutic skin care
• Education regarding prevention and risk reduction
♦ Massage techniques
→ which include: • Myofascial Release
• Passive/Active Release
• Scar Tissue techniques
• Tissue and Joint Mobilizations
• Trigger Point Therapy
• Hydrotherapy - applications of cold, hot, paraffin wax, etc.
♦ Client Self-bandaging
♦ Kinesiotaping technique - for redirection of Lymph flow, reduction of scar tissue and postural re-alignment
♦ Other Taping techniques - for postural re-alignment
♦ Assessment of your compression garment(s) for proper fit
♦ Assistive Device Program (ADP) Authorizer
- This program is offered through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long term-care.
- Being an authorizer allows patients access to "Pressure modification devices" (compression garments
and sleeves for primary and secondary lymphedema, breast prostheses).
- The program will cover a "percentage" of the cost for these devices.
♦ Home exercise programs / Self-care programs
♦ Client Education / Family member Education
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