Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphedema is chronic swelling in parts of the body- most often in the extremities. It may also occur in the face, the torso, the abdomen or the genital area. Lymphedema can have significant pathological and clinical consequences for the patient if left untreated. Once present, the chronic and progressive condition will not disappear by itself.

Causes of Lymphedema include:

  • Congenital malformation of the Lymphatic system (Primary Lymphedema)
  • Cancer surgery (mastectomy, lumpectomy, lymph node removal) or/and radiation treatment
  • Trauma, surgery
  • Infection (Filariasis)
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
  • Lymphedema in combination with Lipedema, Diabetes, Arthritis, etc.

At OsteoMed Clinic we use an integrated approach to lymphedema management called

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

The therapy consists of four components:

  1. Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  2. Graduated Compression Bandages and garments
  3. Skin Care
  4. Therapeutic Exercises

Complete Decongestive Therapy works in two phases, the first being to move the lymph fluid out of affected area and reduce the swelling using MLD techniques and bandaging. Ideally these treatments are performed in clinic daily, five days a week for 2-4 weeks, depending on the severity and affected body area. Treatment schedule can be adjusted according to your needs, however, we do not recommend to have treatment less than 3 times a week. Once swelling is reduced, the patient is fitted with a compression garment. Self-manual lymphatic drainage and homecare exercises are shown to the patient at the end of phase one.

During the second phase the patient plays a large role in his or her ongoing self-care. Wearing compression garments, performing self-manual lymphatic drainage and exercises are extremely important.

If you have been diagnosed with Lymphedema or you have ongoing long-standing swelling Complete Decongestive Therapy will be extremely beneficial for you. We highly recommend you visit OsteoMed Clinic for a 15 min FREE CONSULTATION with our Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Call 416-255-3663 to book an appointment.


Why choose OsteoMed Clinic?

  • We are certified in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), which includes manual lymphatic drainage massage, compression wrapping and/or garments, exercise prescription, and education.
  • Manual lymphatic drainage massage and bandaging is provided in private treatment rooms with a registered therapist.
  • We provide therapy covered by most extended health care plans.
  • We work in the modern and inviting clinic, conveniently located in Etobicoke.
  • We provide 15 min FREE CONSULTATION with Certified Lymphedema Therapist, where you can discuss your treatment plan, expectations and concerns.