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What is Complete Decongestive Therapy?

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is considered the "Gold Standard" of treatment for Lymphedema and other related conditions. CDT is a non-invasive, painless and effective therapy that consist of four basic steps. These steps include:

  1. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

  2. Compression Therapy

  3. Exercise

  4. Skin Care

In the US, the recommended initial treatment schedule for a client is 3 times a week for 4 weeks. A longer treatment schedule may be needed depending on the severity of the lymphedema. Once the initial session schedule is completed. The client will continue self treatment at home. Compliance is a must to obtain and maintain successful results of this treatment.

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