Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy

Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT) is a type of physical therapy that is used to treat lymphedema, a condition in which excess fluid builds up and causes swelling, particularly in the arms and legs. DLT is a two-part therapy that includes manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and compression therapy.

Research has shown that DLT is effective in reducing swelling and improving quality of life for individuals with lymphedema. A study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery found that DLT led to a significant reduction in arm volume and an improvement in quality of life in individuals with postmastectomy lymphedema.

As DLT is a multi-modal approach it is used for several conditions like lymphedema, lipedema, post surgical swelling and post-traumatic swelling.

how many sessions do you need for Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy?

The number of sessions needed for Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT) varies depending on the individual case and the severity of the condition being treated. Typically, a course of DLT includes both manual lymphatic drainage massage and compression bandaging or garment fitting, as well as self-care education and exercises. A typical treatment may last 2-3 weeks, with 2 sessions a week for the first 3-3 weeks and then decreasing frequency as progress is made. Some patients may need additional treatment sessions to maintain improvement.