Cynthia Thom, a certified RMT with a practice at the Center for Natural Pain Solutions in Winnipeg, Manitoba has recently completed advanced training with certification in the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). The internationally recognized Dr. Vodder School program also includes pathology instruction and examination with the medical director of the school.
Completion of this 160-hour intensive training program makes Cynthia Thom one of approximately 1000 therapists in North America certified to practice this specialized technique.
CDT enables Cynthia Thom to manage patients with lymphedema and venous insufficiency edema. Using a combination of MLD, exercise therapy, compression bandaging and skin care allows advanced care of patients with lymphedema, whether from surgery, radiation or congenital malformation. Suitable venous edemas may also be managed successfully with these techniques.
MLD can also be used in the care of patients with conditions such as venous stasis ulceration, wounds, scar tissue, burns, traumatic edema, and dermatological indications.
MLD can also be used in the care of patients with conditions such as venous stasis ulceration, wounds, scar tissue, burns, traumatic edema, and dermatological indications such as rosacea. Orthopedic indications such as adhesive capsulitis, arthritic conditions, acute whiplash, Meniere’s Syndrome, migraines, etc. can also be treated with the MLD method.
Apart from increasing lymph flow, MLD also has a pain relieving effect which can be used with recent trauma, such as sport injuries. Patients find the techniques soothing and relaxing with no side effects. It is a gentle, rhythmic massage-like movement, performed with a great deal of precision, which requires a well-trained therapist to obtain good results.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Compression Therapy are billed as Massage Therapy. Prices are as follows:
- 30-minute treatment: $55
- 45-minute treatment: $70
- 60-minute treatment: $85
- 90-minute treatment: $125
** Bandaging is an additional cost to the patient