Why Lymphedema Therapy?
Lymphedema is any type of swelling that has existed for greater than 6 weeks. In the US, lymphedema is often associated with cancer and/or cancer treatments, but is also common after abdominal surgery, joint replacements, circulation disruptions, or after physical trauma.
Your lymphatic system is just as intricate as your circulatory system, running right along your arteries and veins. Lymph fluid transports protein, fat and foreign materials (like bacteria and viruses) throughout our system. It is closely linked to our gut health and immune system. Movement of all types is a great way to get lymph fluid moving, but at times manual lymph therapy is also needed to help move congested fluid out of unwanted areas.
Manual lymphatic drainage is a very specialized form of massage that uses a unique pressure and sequencing to open our body’s invisible watersheds, opening up lymph nodes around the body and moving lymph fluid towards more ideal pathways.
Often, compression therapy is prescribed along with manual lymph drainage to maintain the effects of the hands on treatment and prevent fluid accumulation from returning.
What can you expect from Lymphedema Therapy at Creative Rehab?
One-on-one evaluation and treatment by a licensed physical therapist who is certified in Lymphedema Therapy
Treatment with the same therapist every appointment
Private treatment rooms
Specialized treatment customized to your condition
Extensive education to assist in self care and physical recovery
Instruction in appropriate home and self-care for your diagnosis
Specialized Care: Robin Flory PT, CLT, DPT, CAFS
Robin Flory PT, CLT, DPT, CAFS joined Creative Rehab in April 2012 with extensive experience in Cancer Rehabilitation. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist as well as a Cancer Exercise Specialist. Through her experience and professionalism she has built strong relationships with many local Oncologists and Plastic Surgeons.