Therapy Plus | UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for Lymphedema

Lymphedema is swelling that occurs from an accumulation of lymph fluid in the body, often in the arms or legs. It may result from:

  • Removal of lymph nodes
  • Abnormal or damaged lymph vessels
  • Radiation treatment
  • Other health conditions such as stroke, heart bypass, morbid obesity

Our Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) treatment of lymphedema is an individualized plan of care customized for you.

CDT treatment to help train you to control the swelling may include:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage via the Vodder technique to improve circulation of fluid in the lymph vessels
  • Exercises to promote circulation, flexibility and strength
  • Gradient compression bandaging and compression garments to help reduce swelling and improve circulation
  • Education about the lymphatic system, ways to prevent and decrease the risk of infections, how to control swelling, the role of diet and nutrition and hygienic skin and nail care