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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Lipo + Plus Multilase

Throughout the past few years, studies have discovered laser lipolysis liquefies fatty tissue, coagulates small blood vessels, induces collagenases with remodeling, and promotes tissue tightening. The process is pain-free and involves having the laser attached to your skin which emits different levels of laser depending on the size of the swollen limb. Through the heat of the laser, constant dilation of the vessels will further encourage further lymphatic draining.


Benefits of laser lipolysis?
- Reduced swelling of lymphatic limbs
- Reduced scarring
- Reduce fat tissue
- Reduced pain in surrounding joints  and muscles
- Improvement of vascular health
- Improving skin tone and skin integrity

Where in my treatment plan would laser lipolysis be implemented?
- Pre liposuction surgery
- Post liposuction surgery
- Areas of unwanted fatty deposits with long term lymphedema
- Long term users of compression therapy
- Areas of stubborn oedematous limbs

Laser therapy

Our laser therapy is a non-invasive and pain free procedure that involves exposing tissue to low level red and near infrared light. This exposure of light allows for more efficient cell division, which is beneficial for numerous conditions including ones that result in lymphoedema. It is particularly effective with:
 - Post mastectomy lymphoedema
 - Inflammatory skin conditions
 - Acne scars
 - Chronic ulcers
 - Skin grafts

Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression – LX9/Bio-compression

Sequential Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (SIPC) therapy involves the application of external pressure to the limbs that may improve circulation and removal of lymphatic fluid. The pump that is applied to the limbs have different chambers within it that inflate and deflate to mimic the bodies lymphatic system. Studies have shown SIPC to permanently decrease limb circumference, improved skin integrity and elasticity.

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient treatment modality which involves using negative pressure by placing cups over the skin. The high pressure from cupping may:
- increase circulation
- aid in removal of toxins
- improve oxygen flow
- increased lymphatic flow

A discussion with our therapists will determine whether to implement wet or dry cupping. Both are relatively painless with minimal soreness post treatment.

Manual Lymphatic Decongestive Therapy

Manual lymphatic draining is a skin stretching massage that promotes the movement of lymphatic fluid. The treatment conducted by our specialists are light and very specific to each patient. MLD specifically targets the lymphatic system, which facilitates the removal of waste and toxins in the circulation, leading to the reduction in swelling.

What should I expect from my lymphatic draining experience?

Our specialists will need to undertake a full medical history to determine the level of treatment required. The lymphatic draining will be undertaken on a massage table with fresh towels and oil if required. Each session can last between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the treatment goals.

How does lymphatic drainage help me?

Lymphatic draining can benefit you by:

  • Reducing lymphatic fluid in extremities
  • Prevention of lymphoedema post-surgery
  • Reduction of symptoms associated with lymphoedema and venous insufficiency
  • Reducing swelling post musculoskeletal injury
  • Improving mobility
  • Reducing nerve sensitivity

Bandaging

Our therapists utilise a multi-layered bandaging (MLLD) technique to assist in the draining of lymph fluid. These low stretch multi layered bandages are very effective before transitioning to compression therapy. The swollen limb will be thoroughly assessed and broken down into multiple sections, to determine the type of bandage needed. This ensures that each section received the right amount of pressure to help with drainage.

Exercise Prescription

Our treatment plans will always encompass a form of rehabilitation and exercise program to optimise patient outcomes. The therapist will assess and identify areas of weakened muscle activity to accommodate the correct exercises for your individual needs.