Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle manual technique that directly stimulates the superficial lymph vessels. An individualized  protocol is used to increase lymph flow and to encourage drainage in areas that are congested or swollen. MLD is used most often to prevent or treat lymphedema.

Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is a combination of MLD, compression therapy, skin care and exercise. CDT is typically used in more advanced cases of lymphedema and is considered the treatment of choice for Post-Mastectomy clients.

Lymph Taping

Lymph taping is a technique that is employed to help in the reduction of swelling and the management of scars. The body's own recovery process is stimulated by applying an elastic tape called CureTape.

The application of CureTape lifts the skin and eases the pressure on the lymph vessels and blood capillaries. The tape is applied according to the anatomy of the lymphatic system, thereby stimulating lymphatic return.

Scar Management

Scar tissue is the body's natural response to injury.  Scars can impact function within and beyond their physical borders. Research shows that appropriate massage therapy techniques can result in significant improvements to scar-related complications. 

Scar management protocols are very helpful in treating post surgical scarring from joint replacement procedures to post- mastectomy scarring. These protocols are often gentle and are always performed within the client's comfort level.

Massage Therapy and Prenatal Massage

Therapeutic Massage Therapy (TMT) includes the use of one or more massage techniques such as trigger point release, myofascial release, passive stretching and manual traction. TMT can be uncomfortable but should always be performed within the client's comfort level. Massage Therapy can effectively reduce stress, pain and muscle tension.

Prenatal Massage boasts the same benefits as TMT but is performed using a body cushioning system that offers comfortable positioning for the expectant mother. 

Graston Technique

Graston Technique is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that enables clinicians to effectively address scar tissue, fascial restrictions and range of motion.

This unique protocol uses specially designed stainless steel instruments to detect and effectively treat soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.