SERVICES

1. Initial Evaluation

Before a treatment plan can be established, you must meet with your therapist for a full evaluation. This evaluation will identify what’s going on in your body and help the therapist to determine the best treatment plan for you. No other services will be available until the evaluation has been completed.

2. Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM)

Also known as Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

LDM is a treatment that has been used for years to reduce swelling, remove blockages, and restore flow to your lymphatic system. In 1936, Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife developed the Vodder technique known as Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) which has become the standard form of LDM used today. MLD is a gentle process which stretches the skin, renewing poor lymph flow. MLD releases blocked areas, allowing your body’s lymph to circulate healthily through your body. This restores your body’s natural balance, boosts the immune system, and improves many other health conditions, as well.

Just a few of the medical conditions that benefit from MLD include:

  • Lymphedema
  • Recovery from breast cancer surgery & other cancer surgeries
  • Recovery from liposuction
  • Post traumatic edema (sports injuries)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Migraine headaches
  • Fibromyalgia & Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive swelling
  • Weight Loss
  • Cellulite reduction

If you are experiencing any of these conditions, or have further questions, please contact us.

3. Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is an abnormal build up of protein and water as a result of damage to the lymphatic system. It can be present from birth, or it can be from damage to the lymphatic system, such as surgery or infection. It is important to get a professional’s evaluation of your condition to determine if or which phase of Lymphedema you may have. Seek medical treatment from a certified massage therapist. One often thinks the body’s extremities (arms & legs) are the affected areas; however it can also affect the head and neck, the body’s core, or the external genitalia.

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is a safe and effective therapy considered by the medical world as the main modality in the treatment and management of primary and secondary lymphedema. CDT is composed of four treatments, some of which you may already be familiar with. In the initial phase of treatment, also called the intensive or decongestive phase, the methods of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Compression therapy are used. As a trained lymphedema therapist, I administer these treatments to my patients suffering from lymphedema. Treatments will normally be given on a patient’s established needs until the affected part of the body is decongested. The second phase of CDT is called the self-management phase. In this phase, I will teach you the proper exercises and lifestyle habits to maintain and improve the treatment results thus far. Self-management includes skin and nail care regimens, exercises, self-manual lymph drainage instruction (See Service Types 3 & 4 below), and the proper application of compression garments. I will be able to recommend the types of compression garments that would best suit your condition. It is important to maintain regular follow-ups with your primary doctor and your lymphatic therapist during this time.

4. Virtual Services

Lymphatic Massage Instruction

At-Home lymphatic massage should only be started after you have been seen by a trained lymphatic massage therapist. Once I am confident that your lymphatic system is functioning properly, I will instruct you in the proper ways of self-lymphatic massage so you can continue the progress of your therapy from home. Contact us to schedule a virtual session in which I will teach you the proper method to conduct a lymphatic massage on yourself. (A pre-evaluation and in-office session must be completed before patients have the option to continue treatment virtually.)

Compression Therapy

Sometimes your treatment will be supplemented with compression therapy. Compression therapy uses bandages and garments to reduce swelling. By meeting with you virtually, I can illustrate the appropriate application and wearing of compression types. As well as instruction on where to place the compression articles, you will receive important information about what NOT to do while wearing compression bandages and garments. Contact us to schedule your virtual session today. (A pre-evaluation and in-office session must be completed before patients have the option to continue treatment virtually.)

 

Dry Brushing Instruction

Your body’s skin is responsible for about one fourth of your body’s daily detoxification. Among other benefits, dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, keeping it flowing freely. The role of the lymphatic system is to remove toxins from your body, so keeping the system flowing is important to your health. Dry brushing enhances the process of toxin elimination, helping the lymphatic system more efficiently excrete your body’s toxins. There are many other benefits of dry brushing. This process strengthens the immune system, rejuvenates your skin for a young and healthy appearance, removes dead skin cells, aids in the generation of new skin cell growth, and improves blood circulation, to name a few.

This procedure should be done at home on a regular basis to enjoy the most benefits. Call to schedule a virtual session in which your therapist will instruction you how to properly perform dry brushing and give recommendations on the best tools to use.

Lymphatic Drainage Facial

Similar to a full-body lymphatic drainage massage, the lymphatic drainage facial focuses specifically on the lymph nodes in your face, head, and neck. By massaging the lymph nodes here, healthy lymph flow is restored to the affected areas. Typically, facial lymphatic drainage is necessary after having facial surgery, from which the lymph nodes may be damaged and the lymph flow stopped. Signs of congestion in the lymphatic system can include bags under the eyes, puffiness, and skin discomfort. Call to schedule a virtual session with your therapist, in which they will guide you through the order of movements and techniques for giving yourself a lymphatic drainage facial massage.

MLD CONTRAINDICATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS

The following conditions may indicate a contradiction to Manual Lymph Drainage therapy. Inform your medical doctor and your lymphatic massage therapist if you have, or suspect you have, any of these conditions:

Congestive heart and renal failure

If you have had active congestive failure or active renal failure, you should not be seen for manual lymphatic drainage for at least two months. Your medical provider needs to be sure you’re medically stable. The importance of this is that we don’t want to move fluid that’s there as an indication of a health problem. Before treatment, ask your doctor if you have any concerns.

Blood clot

Many times, a blood clot will cause noticeable swelling, but an active blood clot should not be treated with MLD. Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body, may also be present. Any signs of warmth and tenderness over a vein, skin redness, and pain or swelling are symptoms of DVT. Talk to your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms before getting MLD treatment.

A person with diabetes may have circulation problems or arterial insufficiency, any condition where blood and fluid isn’t getting into the limb because there’s a transport issue, your therapist should postpone MLD therapy.

Infection

Any active infection in the area being treated is also a contraindication. Infection and inflammation are two very different conditions. Infection will always have inflammation, but inflammation does not always coincide with an infection. Look for signs and symptoms of cellulitis, which include red streaking, fever, and chills.

Additionally, some conditions, not necessarily contraindications, should be treated with precautions by massage therapists. For example, if you have any devices that are implanted, such as an insulin pump or pacemaker, let your therapist know before treatment begins.

If you experience new-onset edema not seen previously, tell your therapist and postpone treatment. Additionally, any phlebitic areas that reveal an inflamed vein that may cause pain or swelling must be treated with caution. If you notice this condition anywhere on your body, inform your therapist right away.

In any of these occurrences, your lymphatic massage therapist will most likely require you to get medical clearance and permission from your doctor before a massage therapy session.

Active Cancer

 Malignant tumors with a tendency to metastasize are an absolute contraindication for MLD as MLD only speeds up lymphatic flow & cancer travels via the lymphatic system or the cardiovascular system.However, if a person is responding to chemo & the physician approves MLD, the massage may be performed (avoiding the immediate area of the tumor).  In other types of cancers, MLD may be permissible with physician approval.  Compression can be useful in helping to manage swelling. 

Lymph Flow And More 
1700 HWY 92, Sierra Vista AZ

AZ License #MT-07226

520.559.0785