Treatments

The Oedema Institute focuses on using the latest research and technology to customise treatment plans for each patient. After our initial assessment, we will begin discussing our short- and long-term goals and formulating the appropriate treatment plan accordingly.

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Lymphatic Massage

A specialised style of massage used to direct lymphatic fluid out of the tissue encouraging better movement in the lymphatic system. A slow rythmic movement of hands over the tissue. Pressure tension adjusted as required. Used for;

  • Swelling in the limbs
  • Lymphoedema
  • Lipoedema
  • Removal of toxins from the circulatory system
  • Vascular conditions associated with oedema
  • Autoimmune conditions (where the lymphatic system has been compromised)

Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (SIPC)

SIPC therapy involves the application of external pressure to the limbs that may improve circulation and removal of lymphatic fluid. Studies have shown SIPC to permanently decrease limb circumference, improved skin integrity and elasticity.

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Laser therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has beneficial effects on cells and tissues in the treatment of fibrous scar tissue associated with post scar surgery. Evidence suggesting LLLT encourages lymphogenesis and stimulates lymphatics. LLLT has been show to be an effective;

  • treatment of inflammatory skin conditions
  • leg ulcers
  • cording and skin grafts
  • chronic non-healing wounds
  • scar tissue. Scar tissue post surgery is important to manage to reduce mobility and reduce lymphatic complications. Cording after breast surgery another condition restricting movement. Can be effectively treated by trained therapists using laster therapy and mobilization techniques acquired through their training. These conditions can be resolved effectively once diagnosed and managed.

www.ailt.com.au/laser-pbm-therapy/

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Lipo-Plus Multilase

The Lipo-Plus Multilase is one of the most advanced LLLT device in photo biomodulation technology and used at the Oedema Institute for the treatment of inflammation and decongestion of skin tissue.

Benefits include;

  • Treating larger areas of the body than the more traditional LLLT devices
  • Generating better movement of lymphatic flow
  • Pain reduction in the muscle and joints
  • Increased bloody circulation

Recent trials at the Institute on Lipoedema patients showed improvements in;

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Mobility

With a percentage of the trial participants reporting increased energy levels.

www.ailt.com.au/lipo-plus-multilase/

Bandaging

Short Stretch Bandaging

Applied to the limb by a trained specialist to reduce limb volume before garment fitting.

This style of bandage can be washed and reused but require to be administered daily.

Good for those patients with sensitive skin to latex products.

 

Multi-layered bandaging

Should be applied by a trained specialist. Can be left on for longer periods but not reuseable. Effective in reducing limb volume. Some patients may have a sensitivity to some of the different tyles of MLB. Comes in different lengths and width for ease of donning.

Cupping

Cupping is a technique used in Chinese alternative medicine since the second century AD and still being used in contemporary Chinese medicine today. Cupping may be an effective method in breaking down fibrotic tissue and directional flow of lymphatics in patients with mild to moderate Lymphoedema or Lipoedema. Used by a trained therapist good results can be achieved.