Combined decongestive therapy (CDT) reduces and relieves swelling with a blend of MLD therapy and compression wrapping. It's used for large-scale, entrenched swelling where lymphatic massage alone isn't appropriate.
CDT is a mainstay in management of chronic swelling at all stages from lymphedema, chronic venous insufficiency and lipedema . Acute swelling, resulting from significant injuries and surgery, may also benefit from a short course of CDT to speed healing and relieve swelling.
CDT gives you control over your swelling and pain.
Each therapy session begins with a gentle, relaxing lymphatic massage to stimulate lymph flow. Your affected limbs are then wrapped in comfort foam and compression bandages which stay on 24/7 to continuously move lymph and reduce swelling.
CDT often involves daily therapy (Mon-Fri), ideally in the morning. A modified CDT approach of 1-3 sessions per week and alternate bandaging products and/or techniques may also be advised, as the situation warrants. This flexibility is helpful for those who commute longer distances to receive our care.
A full course of treatment can take 2-3 weeks; shorter or longer for some people. The stage of swelling, the underlying reasons for it, and how your body responds to therapy all determine your treatment plan.
Custom compression wear is vital for chronic swelling management after CDT. The MLD Clinic is your one-stop shop for swelling care and compression garments.
CDT is an intensive – but short-lived and worthwhile – commitment of your time, energy and focus. We’re committed to encouraging and guiding you every step of the way to improved health and wellbeing.
We create a treatment plan understanding your life and work obligations, budget and insurance, and overall health needs. There are always options and solutions.