Lymphoedema treatment often takes time until you notice positive changes and at first it can seem hard to keep motivated and committed to your therapy.
Self-management has become an important part of Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT). The integration of self-management into CDT aims to prevent rebound oedema and to support the long-term success of your treatment.
Self-management involves having a deep understanding of your condition and learning how you can manage your lymphoedema in partnership with your healthcare professional (HCP) and carers. Understanding how the lymphatic system works, the signs and symptoms of lymphoedema, and the principles of treating lymphoedema can help you discuss and overcome treatment challenges with your HCP.
Self-management includes ways to manage your condition independently. You can learn from an experienced therapist how to do a Lymphatic Drainage massage on your own, a technique that is called Simple Lymphatic Drainage (SLD). This can be part of Phase II of Complex Decongestive Therapy, together with:
- Exercise with Lymphoedema
- Skin Care for Lymphoedema
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
- Compression Therapy for Lymphoedema
The success of your treatment relies on appropriate psychological and medical support. You can join a self-help group to connect with other people who also manage their daily life with lymphoedema. This can help you to stay motivated and support you through your treatment. For psychosocial support, it is important to find a therapist who is aware of your condition. Our HCP Finder can help you find your nearest lymphoedema clinic.
Self-management allows you to participate in the treatment of your condition. It helps to maintain therapy success and to improve your general well-being.
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