Tuscan Sun Massage and Wellness Center
Sandi Stephens, LMT, CLT/MLDT Sandi Stephens, LMT, CLT/MLDT

Understanding Lymphedema

Lymphedema has been largely ignored as a disease. Signs and symptoms can range from swelling of an extremity to elephantiasis. Lymphedema is most effectively treated by a “Vodder” trained therapist using a treatment protocol known as Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. CDT consists of a combination of hygiene/topical skin care, manual lymphatic drainage, bandaging/compression, and remedial exercises. During CDT, patients will undergo two phases of treatment, the intensive phase and the treatment phase.

The intensive phase will consist of daily treatments for 2-4 weeks to get the limb swelling back to its normal or closest to normal size. This will include skin and nail care, MLD, bandaging, and exercises. Second, the treatment phase will consist of compression garments during the day, meticulous skin and nail care, exercises, and MLD as needed. This unique approach to lymphedema management was developed as a direct response to unlicensed, non-medical personnel providing patients with improper fitting garments & unnecessary medical equipment.

arm lymphManual lymphatic drainage (MLD) has many benefits and is helpful in many other   situations than treating lymphedema. Because MLD eliminates wastes from body tissue, it is also an effective treatment for conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Tonsillitis, burns, allergies, the common cold, and more. Scientific studies and years of clinical experience show that MLD is generally effective in treating more than sixty medical conditions. Many plastic surgeons may also recommend MLD for patients recovering from surgery to help speed tissue recovery.

For more information on lymphedema and treatment, please visit

lymphmapTuscan Sun Massage and Wellness Center
431 W. Ponce De Leon Ave.
Suite 7
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 370-0880