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Manual lymphatic drainage home visits in Vienna

Physical therapy that focuses on stimulating the flow of lymphatic fluid in your body.
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    What is manual lymphatic drainage?

    Manual lymphatic drainage is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on stimulating the flow of lymphatic fluid in your body. Lymphatic fluid helps filter toxins from the body and transports nutrients to cells throughout the body. If too much fluid has accumulated in your tissues – either due to injury or disease – it can cause swelling and discomfort. Manual lymphatic drainage gently massages the skin and underlying tissues to stimulate the removal of excess fluid from the treated area, allowing it to better circulate through the body.

    This type of treatment can be helpful for swelling due to injury or disease as well as for chronic lymphedema. manual lymphatic drainage can also help reduce inflammation, support wound healing and promote relaxation.

    Manual lymphatic drainage

    Duration of treatment: 60 minutes unit
    Price: €120 per unit
    Refund cash desk €40 - €80
    Preparations: No special preparations
    Duration of results: Depending on the problem, repeat the treatment often necessary

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    Advantages of manual lymphatic drainage at home

    When performed correctly, manual lymphatic drainage can provide several benefits, including:

    Reduction of swelling

    Manual lymphatic drainage reduces swollen areas by helping to remove excess fluid from the affected area so it can circulate more efficiently through the body.

    Pain relief

    By improving circulation, manual lymphatic drainage helps relieve pain and discomfort associated with swelling.

    Healing wounds

    Manual lymphatic drainage promotes wound healing by stimulating blood circulation. This provides vital nutrients and oxygen to tissue damaged by injury or surgery.

    Improved immune system response

    By improving blood circulation, manual lymphatic drainage increases the activity of white blood cells, which strengthens immunity to infections caused by bacteria and viruses.

    Increased relaxation

    Through its gentle touch and rhythmic movements, manual lymphatic drainage promotes deeper relaxation and reduces stress levels in patients struggling with chronic pain or other health problems related to their condition.

    Why manual lymphatic drainage for swelling at home?

    Home visits are becoming increasingly popular when it comes to manual lymphatic drainage for the treatment of swelling in Vienna, as they offer several advantages over traditional treatments in a clinic or spa:

    1. Convenience
      With manual lymphatic drainage at home, you can receive treatment without leaving your home. This is especially handy if you are limited in time or mobility due to an injury or illness.
    2. Privacy
      With home visits, you don’t have to worry about being exposed or embarrassed when you’re being treated, as everything takes place in the privacy of your own home. This makes these treatments feel more comfortable than traditional facilities where other people may be present during treatment, which can be uncomfortable for some people due to their condition.
    3. Care quality
      In-home treatments offer additional benefits such as personalized attention from experienced therapists who are able to provide high-quality treatment tailored specifically to the needs of individual patients without the distractions of crowded waiting rooms often found in clinics or spas, making them ideal for those who require special attention during treatment.
    4. Cost savings
      Manual lymphatic drainage home visits typically cost less than traditional treatments at clinics or spas, resulting in further savings as there are no transportation costs associated with home treatments, making them even more affordable for patients:living within Vienna city limits.
    5. Flexibility
      Finally, manual lymphatic drainage treatments offer flexibility during home visits, as appointments can be easily customized to meet the individual needs of the patient:s without the added hassle of fixed appointments in clinics, making them perfect for those who need additional scheduling flexibility.

    Types of manual lymphatic drainage for the treatment of swelling

    The type of manual lymphatic drainage used depends on various factors such as age, medical history, severity of symptoms, etc., but the following are some types commonly used today;

    • Traditional manual lymphatic drainage
      This method involves slow, rhythmic strokes along specific pathways known as “lymphatic pathways” to promote proper flow in these pathways, reducing congestion caused in these areas.
    • Vodder method
      Developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, this method focuses on releasing blockages through light pressure and instead focusing on specific pathways, which allows for greater freedom during treatment sessions, providing greater flexibility in treating various conditions.
    • Leduc method
      This method was developed by Dr. Jean Pierre Leduc and is mainly used for chronic conditions such as lymphedema, where the techniques focus heavily on decongesting the congested areas rather than stimulating the healthy areas, as is the case with traditional methods.
    • Combined decongestive therapy
      Combined decongestive therapy is a combined approach that includes both physical therapy exercises and regular sessions, with an emphasis on stimulation rather than decongestion of congested areas, as is the case with the Leduc Method.
    • Pneumatic compression therapy
      Pneumatic compression therapy involves placing inflatable cuffs around the affected limb(s) that are connected to various pumps that use air pressure to regulate the compression applied to the limb, helping to reduce the buildup of edema.
    • Non-invasive lipo-massage
      Non-invasive lipo-massage is a relatively new technique that has been developed recently. In this process, devices are connected directly to the surface of the skin, which perform a more or less strong suction massage to extract excess fluid trapped in the tissue.

    Before and after lymphatic drainage treatment

    Before a treatment with manual lymphatic drainage

    Before you receive manual lymphatic drainage, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your experience is as beneficial as possible. It is important to be well hydrated before your appointment. Drink plenty of water throughout the day before your treatment to keep your body hydrated and improve circulation. It is also important that you wear comfortable clothing during manual lymphatic drainage so that you do not feel constricted on the massage table. If the area to be treated has dressings, they should be removed before the session begins. Finally, it may be helpful not to eat a large meal immediately before the treatment, as this may cause discomfort while you are lying on the massage table.

    After treatment with manual lymphatic drainage

    After a manual lymphatic drainage treatment, it is important to pay attention to how your body feels for the rest of the day and evening after the treatment. You may feel a slight muscle soreness after the massage, which is completely normal. However, if this muscle soreness lasts longer than 48 hours, you should contact your:n therapist:in or doctor for further advice. Also, if you experience severe pain during or after a session, you should see a health care provider right away, as this could indicate another problem such as infection or tissue damage.

    It is also important that you do not exert yourself too much directly after a session of manual lymphatic drainage. Avoid strenuous physical activity until at least 24 hours after treatment to allow your body enough time for its tissues and muscles to fully relax after treatment.

    Also, avoid hot showers immediately after manual lymphatic drainage, as sudden changes in temperature can cause blood vessels near the massaged area to constrict and the already traumatized tissues to become overwhelmed by the sudden increase in pressure.

    Finally, drink plenty of water on both days after a manual lymphatic drainage session - good hydration promotes blood flow throughout the body, which can speed recovery from injuries and other trauma, such as surgery or accidents.

    The recovery time after treatment with manual lymphatic drainage

    Recovery time after manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) varies from person to person, depending on the areas treated during therapy sessions and the severity of the condition before the therapeutic intervention began. In general, however, most people report feeling less swollen within two weeks of manual lymphatic drainage treatment. However, symptom improvement usually lasts much longer than this initial period - many patient:s report improvements that last up to 6 months or longer after completing multiple sessions.

    The duration of the effects of treatment with manual lymphatic drainage

    The effects of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) treatment can last from a few weeks to 5 years, depending on individual factors such as patient age, health history, severity of pre-existing condition(s), lifestyle habits, and so on. Other factors that affect duration include frequency of treatments - patients who receive weekly treatments generally report that improvements last longer than patients who receive only occasional individual sessions at regular intervals over several months. The aftercare recommended by the therapist:s also plays a role here - things like compression garments, exercise programs, etc. can help maintain the improvements achieved through manual lymphatic drainage. Ultimately, the duration of the effect varies greatly from person to person, but in general, results can be expected to last anywhere from a few weeks to several years, depending on the factors mentioned above.

    FAQ manual lymphatic drainage

    Frequently asked questions about manual lymphatic drainage treatment

    Lymphatic drainage for swelling is a form of physical therapy used to reduce swelling caused by excess fluid in the body. It includes gentle massage techniques that stimulate the lymphatic system and promote the flow of lymphatic fluid in the body.

    The frequency of treatments depends on your individual needs, but two to three times a week is usually recommended. Your:e physical therapist:in can advise you on an appropriate schedule based on your specific condition and goals.

    This type of treatment helps relieve inflammation, pain and discomfort associated with swollen areas, increases mobility and range of motion, promotes healing and supports healthy circulation to affected areas.

    You should wear loose clothing that allows easy access to the area to be treated and should not eat heavy meals before the session, as this may cause discomfort during the treatment. You should also drink plenty of water before the treatment to achieve the best treatment results.

    No, this type of therapy is usually very gentle and should not cause pain or discomfort during or after treatment. However, if you feel uncomfortable, please let your therapist:s know immediately so they can adjust their technique accordingly to provide you with maximum comfort during each visit!

    Yes, children can benefit from certain types of therapeutic massage, such as lymphatic drainage, as long as it is performed by a qualified professional who has been properly trained in pediatric massage techniques!

    Results depend on each individual's situation, but in general, most people see improved mobility and range of motion as well as a reduction in inflammation and pain within a few weeks of starting treatment!

    Generally yes, although it is always best to talk to your therapist first before applying anything hot or cold directly to your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin or inflammation in those areas!

    Most treatments last 60 minutes, depending on the individual needs and goals set by the treating therapist.

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