DR VODDER COMBINED DECONGESTIVE THERAPY (CDT)
CDT is a combination of:
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD),. Dr Vodder Method
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (MLD)
Patients receive Dr.Vodder MLD every day (a very gentle technique to removed excess fluid and proteins from the affected area to reduce swelling and other symptoms of lymphoedema).
Bandaging increases lymph and venous return and also helps to reduce changes in the tissue associated with lymphoedema (fibrosis).
Bandaging helps to maintain the reduction achieved with MLD.
Compression garments are used in the maintenance phase.
Diligent skin care is vital throughout a lymphoedema patient’s life to avoid infections.
Exercises (light) are a very important part of your treatment plan. Special exercises with the compression will help to pump lymph out of the swollen area. (Further reduction of the limb).