Three Rivers Physical Therapy offers the advanced training in lymphedema management and expertise of a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. in Missoula, MT.
Lymphedema is a swelling caused by the abnormal collection of lymph under the skin. The lymph is fluid from the tissues in your body that travels in the lymphatic system. This system is part of the immune system that includes lymph nodes and vessels. The lymph vessels collect and carry the excess fluid, fats, proteins, and wastes from the tissues of the body to the bloodstream. This system also works to clean and remove bacteria and waste products from the body.
Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is blocked. When the lymph vessels or lymph nodes are blocked or damaged, lymph does not drain properly. This causes abnormal build up of lymph. This leads to swelling. This swelling can occur in arms, legs, trunk, head, neck, or genitals. Lymphedema cannot be cured by medicines, but the swelling can be reduced by physical methods.
The gold standard treatment of lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). This includes manual lymphatic drainage (a special massage used to facilitate drainage of the lymphatic system), compression wrapping, specific exercise, and self-care training. Three Rivers Physical Therapy provides CDT.
Early diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema is always best. We are very passionate about the treatment of lymphedema and providing education. If you have any questions, please feel free to call.
Maria became a CLT (Certified Lymphedema Therapist) through Klose Training in 2013. This training requires 135 hours of training. She is certified to treat the entire body: limbs, head/neck, trunk, and genital lymphedema.