This engaging 135-hour course teaches you the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and effectively treat patients with lymphedema using Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
The course begins with a 45-hour online Home-Study Module that can be completed at your own pace anywhere you have access to the internet. This Module is followed by 90 hours of classroom (lab) instruction over nine days. We recommend that you register at least four weeks prior to the start of the in-classroom portion of the course so you’ll have time to complete the required Home-Study Module at a comfortable pace.
Educational Level: Introductory/Intermediate
About Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
CDT is the most effective treatment for chronic extremity lymphedema. Primary lymphedema (congenital) and secondary lymphedema (due to a damaged lymphatic system) respond extremely well to this gentle, non-invasive and highly-effective therapy. CDT is sometimes referred to as Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP). CDT consists of the following four components:
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD):
MLD is a very gentle manual treatment which improves the function of the lymphatic system throughout the body. In lymphedema therapy, MLD is used to re-route lymph flow around blocked areas and into healthy lymph vessels which drain into the venous circulation. MLD is also an effective treatment for post-surgical swelling, post-traumatic edema (as with sports injuries), migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other conditions involving edema.
Compression therapy increases tissue pressure and improves the efficiency of the muscle and joint pump. Multi-layered compression bandages are applied between MLD treatments to help prevent re-accumulation of evacuated fluid. Once the patient’s limb is sufficiently decongested through repeated treatments, they can be fit with compression garments.
Exercises are performed with compression bandages in place to activate the muscle and joint pumps of the affected extremity. This results in an increase in lymphokinetic activity and further reduction of the swollen limb over time.
Skin care and general hygiene are essential to eliminate bacterial and fungal growth which can cause repeated attacks of cellulitis or erysipelas. Infections are very common complications of lymphedema so meticulous skin and nail care is a vital component of treatment.
Contact us for a free tour of our online Home-Study Module at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topics covered by the Home-Study Module include:
- Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system.
- Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of lymphedema (NOTE: These lectures are presented by the dynamic Dr. Kathleen Francis, an expert in the treatment of lymphedema.)
- Introduction to Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
- Introduction to lymphedema bandaging and compression therapy
- Indications and contraindications of MLD and CDT
- Exercises for patients with lymphedema
- Patient evaluation and weekly measuring (circumference and volume)
- Self-MLD sequences for all extremities
- Treatment of genital lymphedema
Testing Methods: Online quizzes (Multiple Choice)
- Basic and advanced techniques and sequences of MLD (Vodder technique)
- Treatment of primary and secondary extremity lymphedema
- Treatment of head and neck, genital, and pediatric lymphedema
- Introduction to lymphedema bandaging and compression therapy
- Lymphedema bandaging techniques for upper and lower extremities
- Skin and nail care for patients with lymphedema
- Measuring and fitting techniques for lymphedema support garments
- Home maintenance and self-treatment for lymphedema
Testing Methods: Final exam, case study presentation, evaluation of manual techniques
- Identify the components of the lymphatic system and its function
- Identify various medical conditions that can lead to the development of edema and lymphedema
- Differentiate between a variety of peripheral edemas and identify necessary treatment strategies for each condition
- Identify the application, medical indications, and contraindications for Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
- Identify various compression therapy application strategies for patients with lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency
- Attest to the importance of skin care and hygiene for patients with lymphedema
- Attest to the importance of a proper exercise protocols for individuals at risk for and with lymphedema
- Identify risk-reduction practices for patients at risk for lymphedema
- Distinguish between a variety of measurement techniques used in the evaluation of edema/lymphedema and custom-made compression garments
- Identify the most effective lymphedema treatment protocols based on current evidence
- Establish CDT treatment plans for individuals with primary and secondary lymphedema
- Effectively perform MLD sequences for patients with primary and secondary lymphedema and post-traumatic and post-surgical edema
- Competently apply short-stretch compression bandaging systems for patients with upper and lower extremity lymphedema
- Foeldi’s Textbook of Lymphology by Profs. M. and E. Foeldi (optional)
- Course Manual composed of 15 sections
- Lymphedema bandaging materials for upper and lower extremities
- Lymphatic system posters (set of three)
- Manual Lymph Drainage videos
- Lymphedema Life Impact Scale and G-Code Calculator
- Jobst Elvarex compression garment certification
- Product samples, brochures, and catalogs from many companies that support patients with lymphedema
- Free listing on the Klose Training online Therapist Directory (Great for referrals!)
- One full year of complimentary access to the lectures, videos, and quizzes of our online Home Study Module following your class (a GREAT resource to prepare for the LANA exam!)
- Exclusive, lifetime access to 200+ reference articles, 50+ instructional videos, treatment forms, and other resources on Klose Training’s Graduates Page
- And more…
Usual class hours are 8:00am – 7:00pm. LTC Hourly Schedule
For a full list of dates and locations, please visit our Schedule Page.
*Massage therapists must show proof of completion of a minimum of 500 hours of massage education or be certified through the NCBTMB.
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the skills they acquire are within their scope of practice.
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