CDT combines advanced MLD techniques with specialised Compression Bandaging, Exercises and Skin Care also known as Lymphoedema Therapy. This therapy is used to reduce fluid volume in the tissue of the affected limb or area, by redirecting the lymph from the affected area to the unaffected side, compression bandages are then applied to the affected limb, by applying pressure on the tissue it continues to move the fluid into the vessels. Gentle exercises with the application of compression bandages or garments, also aids in lymph flow through the action of the muscle pump and venous return. As fluid builds up in the limb the skin can get tight, it is important to keep the skin subtle and moisturised to prevent the skin from cracking and increasing the risk of infection.
CDT has been shown to relieve the pain and discomfort that accompanies oedema and fibrosis. This therapy offers advanced care of lymphoedema, whether from surgery, radiation or congenital malformation.
The effectiveness and therapeutic benefits of the Dr Vodder method of MLD and CDT are well known in Europe where it is widely prescribed in hospitals and clinics.