Valley Health Rehabilitation offers lymphedema services by certified physical
and occupational therapists with specialized training in cancer rehabilitation
and lymphedema treatment.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema develops when an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid
results in swelling. This accumulation may occur because of a primary
problem with the lymphatic system or a disruption due to injury of the
lymphatic system. Frequently, the swelling is seen in the arms or legs,
but it can occur anywhere in the body.
Our therapists use complete decongestive therapy (CDT), which is considered
the gold standard for treating lymphedema. It includes:
Manual Lymph drainage (MLD): massage technique to encourage lymph flow to unaffected areas
Compression: initially bandaging may be used with elastic garments used for long term
Exercise: muscle pumping exercises may be prescribed to enhance lymphatic flow
Skin Care: education about care of affected areas to prevent infections
Home Maintenance: critical to maintaining edema reduction as well risk of infection
Lymphedema Therapy is offered at these following locations: