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A Voice For Lymphedema    


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Treatment and What It Is?

With early detection, diagnosis and the right treatment you can manage lymphedema and prevent it from getting worse. Early treatment leads to the best health outcomes.

Getting lymphedema diagnosed and assessed can lead to effective therapy and the advice you need to manage your lymphedema.

The gold standard of lymphedema management includes Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) given by a certified lymphedema therapist. We can help you find a certified lymphedema therapist. They may be a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, nurse, doctor or registered massage therapist. To be certified as a lymphedema therapist they must have at least 135 hours of post-graduate training to treat lymphedema.

The therapist will assess your lymphedema and then decide on your treatment program.

Lymphedema Therapy includes:
  • Manual Lymph Drainage: a special form of massage that re-directs lymph flow.
  • Compression therapy: the use of compression garments (e.g. elastic bandaging, sleeves, gauntlets or tights) to control swelling.
  • Education: to learn about how best to manage lymphedema.
  • Exercises: to promote lymphatic flow.
  • Skin care: to prevent infection.

    The goal of therapy is to reduce swelling, manage the lymphedema and reduce your risk of it getting worse and leading to other health problems. Your certified lymphedema therapist will guide you through the treatment program and show you how to control your lymphedema with self care.

    Lymphedema is for life. Just as people with diabetes or a heart condition must learn to manage and live with it, ongoing self-care for lymphedema is vital. It takes time and knowledge, and is something you have to commit to for life. This will help you to better manage your lymphedema and reduce your risk of complications.

    The purpose of the health information on the website of the Alberta Lymphedema Association (ALA) is to inform and educate. This information does not replace the knowledge, expertise, skill and judgment of health care providers. It is not meant to be used for diagnosis or treatment. If you have medical questions or concerns about your own health, please consult a qualified health care provider. The ALA makes every effort to ensure that the health information on this website is correct and up-to-date, but cannot guarantee that it is error-free or complete. Links to our website are presented for informational purposes only and any mention of a product, form of therapy, or therapist does not constitute a recommendation.

  • Alberta Lymphedema Association
    2406 - 10 Market Blvd SE
    Airdrie, Alberta
    T4A 0W8    Canada

    Contact: Diane Martin
    Tel: (403) 281-9205

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    The Alberta Lymphedema Association relies upon your support to continue its work to promote awareness and education of Lymphedema within the medical community and general public of Alberta.

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