Yes we can. We've specialized in the care and management of acute and chronic swelling for over 17 years. Swelling comes along with many health issues like cancers, injuries and surgery. We see it all.
Lymphedema is very responsive to therapy. Start with an assessment to determine if it's indeed lymphedema or another swelling issue. The session is a great opportunity to learn more, get answers, and explore therapy options.
No. We assess and treat swelling without a referral. Having said that, GPs, surgeons and specialists regularly refer their patients. And your insurer may need a doctor's note to approve therapy claims.
Everyone! We've treated clients as young as three weeks, and as young-at-heart as 99 years.
Yes. MLD therapy is covered by most insurers under the massage therapy category.
No, not at this time. If you have an open/active MVA claim we may be able to direct bill after an assessment is completed and a treatment plan is determined.
A 75-minute initial assessment and MLD therapy session is $146 after taxes. Treatment plan costs depend on the nature of your swelling, the underlying reasons for it. Everyone is unique.
Yes, the two therapies are different and meant for different health needs. Generally, conventional massage therapy addresses tight, sore tendons and muscles for rehab and relaxation. Lymphatic massage (MLD) treats and manages acute or chronic swelling by encouraging the movement of lymphatic fluid.
MLD techniques are unique; using significantly less pressure and force than other physical therapies. MLD therapists are trained and credentialed specifically for lymphatic massage (including re-certification every two years). Currently there are less than two dozen certified MLD therapists across Nova Scotia.
Our clients say it's gentle and relaxing - and it effectively relieves and manages their swelling. MLD therapy is provided on a comfortable treatment bed in a calming, quiet space. Therapy techniques are hands-on, light, repetitive and soothing.
Yes. MLD (manual lymphatic drainage) is a clinical term for lymphatic massage therapy. By either name, the goal is the same: to reduce and relieve your swelling.
We recommend a coordinated approach. Acute swelling from injury or surgery often holds back recovery and rehab efforts. Simply: until the swelling recedes your range of motion and flexibility are impacted. MLD stimulates lymph and blood flow to speed tissue repair and relieve swelling. Go, team work!
We treat people immediately post surgery - as long as they are able to travel to the clinic. There are many benefits to care in the weeks and months following surgery.
Yes. While we won't 'fix' your problem, therapy provides a good level of swelling and pain management to keep you moving better and make the wait feel shorter.
Yes, within the context of a treatment plan. Terry Kemp is a certified expert compression garment fitter with 17 years of fitting experience.
Compression garments are an essential part of your wardrobe when you live with chronic swelling from lymphedema, lipedema and poor leg circulation (CVI). Garments prevent the return of uncontrolled swelling, improve your circulation and more.
Compression garments are made to last 4-6 months with daily wear. After that, they lose elasticity, don't help to contain your swelling as needed, and should be replaced.
Yes. Many plans cover compression garments; usually 1-2 every six months/2-4 garments every year. It's best to check with your insurer about your specific coverage.
Absolutely. Compression garments are meant to support you during work, leisure and play. Garments should be worn all day, every day, but not at night. Some also have special nighttime compression garments when necessary.