No prior lymphedema certification is required!
Swelling that is related to orthopedic, surgical, and traumatic conditions can interfere with successful treatment by even the most advanced health care provider. During this two-day, hands-on course, you will learn how to reduce swelling in the upper and lower extremities through compression bandaging and the use of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), a light-touch manual technique that stimulates the lymphatic system to remove excess fluid. Applying these techniques will speed healing, reduce pain, increase ROM, and enable a better outcome for your patients. Addressing edema early on will also avoid stagnation of fluid in the tissues beneath the skin which can lead to adhesions, scar tissue, chronic pain, and decreased range of motion.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic and venous systems.
- Identify ways in which edema can impede tissue healing and orthopedic outcomes.
- Identify the ways in which Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is more effective than other forms of massage.
- Execute basic bandaging and MLD techniques for the upper extremities (arm and hand) and lower extremities (foot, ankle, knee, and thigh).
- Identify the signs and symptoms of lymphedema and when to refer a patient to a Certified Lymphedema Therapist for treatment.
- Identify contraindications for edema intervention.
Usual class hours are:
1st day, 8:00am – 6:00pm
2nd day, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Exact class times will be provided in your confirmation letter.
- Practicing wound-care therapists and nurses who want to improve their ability to provide adequate and appropriate edema care to accelerate healing and improve ROM and functional ability
- Orthopedic, acute, sub-acute, and neuro therapists who want to improve their ability to deal with post-surgical and dependent edemas such as post-joint replacements, trauma, stroke, and spinal cord injury
- Massage therapists who wish to better address the tissue health of edematous regions
- No prior lymphedema certification is required!