Lipedema patients are not only suffering from the aesthetic effects of the disease, which creates emphasis on disproportionate areas, but they also suffer in terms of their lifestyles. Patients begin to experience a viscous cycle of worsening swelling and pain, such that they can't properly exercise, which certainly makes the condition worse, and often leads to disability.
Medical literature demonstrates that medical management can sometimes be helpful in improving pain and tenderness and preventing or reducing swelling. However, Dr. Amron stresses these therapies often have little permanent effect on the diseased fatty tissue.
Some of the treatments are designed to improve the flow and drainage of fluid in your tissues, such as:
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - techniques that help encourage the flow of fluid through your body
- Compression Decongestive Therapy (CDT) therapy - bandages or garments that squeeze the affected limbs
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD}?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a therapeutic massage used to stimulate the movement of fluids in the tissues. MLD provides a rhythmic, pumping, massage which follows the direction of lymph flow and produce rapid results. MLD assists the cutaneous lymphatics in picking up and removing not just fluids, but all the waste products, protein particles and debris from a patient's body. Dr. Amron employs a Vodder trained MLO therapist to work with his lipedema patients.
What is Comprehensive Decongestive Therapy (CDT}?
Comprehensive Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is used primarily in the treatment of lymphedema and venous insufficiency edema. It is a combination of MLD, bandaging exercises and skin care. CDT may also involve breathing exercises, compressive garments and dietary measures.