1. Lymphedema Staging and Risk Stratification
This chapter emphasizes the therapeutic approaches that are utilized to reduce lymphedema. Participants will learn to appreciate the rationale for Complete Decongestive Therapy as opposed to singular approaches such as; pneumatic compression pumps, medications, elevation, compression garments or surgery. In addition, the benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage on an impaired lymphatic system and swollen body area will be discussed. Upon completion, participants will be able to gauge the contraindications to compression and Manual Lymph Drainage for persons seeking therapy.