Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQs about Complex Lymphatic Therapy

FAQs about Compression Garments

 

About Complex Lymphatic Therapy

 

 

Question
1:
      I suffer from Lymphoedema and I need a  lymphatic drainage – Can any therapist perform a lymphatic  drainage?

Answer:            No, not every massage therapist is  trained in the lymphatic drainage for Lymphoedema. Your therapist should be  trained with one of the following methods:

  • Dr. Casley-Smith’s  method
  • Dr Foldii’s  method
  • Dr Vodder’s  method

You should also  ascertain that your therapist has been trained specifically for treating  Lymphoedema because Dr Vodder’s method is also taught for more general purposes and the technique may be too strong for your condition.

Question
2:
      What are my qualifications to deal with Lymphoedema:

Answer:            I have a background in musculoskeletal therapy – remedial therapy – massage therapy – Complex Lymphatic Therapy (Dr. Casley-Smith’s method). I taught CLT for three years at the former Australian College of Natural Medicine. Please click here for more information.

Question
3:
      Are you recognized by  Medicare?

Answer:            No, Medicare does not recognize  massage or CLT. However, with a referral from your doctor for bandaging or for compression garments your private health fund may reimburse some of the cost.  

 Question
4:
      Are you recognized by private health funds?

Answer:            Yes, I am recognized by private health funds for Remedial Massage Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Massage, should you have the adequate cover. With a referral from your doctor for bandaging or for a  compression garment your Private Health Fund may reimburse the cost of the bandages and the garment. 

 

Question
5:
     Can you participate in a Care Plan (EPC)  organized by my GP to obtain rebates from Medicare?

Answer:            No, I cannot. You will have to pay the full price. Should you need bandaging, I will give you a quotation for the treatment and usually for the intensive treatment my cost is reduced. Remember that you can only claim on the EPC or your private health fund but not both together. EPC under Medicare reimburses you approximately $50.00 on the consultation for 5 visits only.

 

 Question
6:
     I suffer from Lymphoedema, what can you do for me?

Answer:            I will first asses your condition and take measurements. Should you have unilateral limb Lymphoedema, I would record your levels of swelling with the Bioimpedance Analysis.

I can teach you a self-care program with self-massage and exercise. I will organize a treatment plan including lymphatic drainage and compression therapy: bandaging if necessary and compression garment. I may advise on dietary supplements to support the treatment plan. Sometimes, I refer to other practitioners to take care other underlying conditions that may exacerbate your Lymphoedema and so create a support network. Ultimately, my goal is to assist you to become independent and restore quality in your life while monitoring your
progress.

 Should you have more questions, please send me an email:  jeanine@jmremedialtherapy.com.au 

 

 FAQs
about compression garments

 Compression stockings have been proven to be an effective and the least invasive treatment for vascular concerns. Even so, most people are reluctant to wear them. Here are the most frequently ask questions about compression garments.

Question1:       Are they too hot to wear in Queensland?

Answer:            Queensland weather can be hot, and compression garments can sometimes be uncomfortable to wear if not staying in an air-conditioning environment. To cool the body down, I would suggest spraying them with cold water. The best time to start wearing a compression garment is in winter to gradually adjust to them.

Some garments are also available in cotton, which make them cooler and softer to wear. Most people will continue wearing their stockings after experiencing their benefits.

 You can also wear your garments open toes. 

 

Question
2:
      Should I wear my compression stockings when I exercise?

Answer:
Yes, you should wear your compression stockings when exercising. For an individual with chronic swelling, the skin elasticity is compromised. When exercising, the blood flow increases and so does the amount of fluid in the tissue. The compression garment provides a firm skin barrier for the muscles to contract against and forces the fluid into the veins and lymphatic vessels. Compression stockings promote a quicker recovery because they prevent swelling, and metabolites such as lactic acid are being removed faster.

 

Question
3:
      What does "compression gradient" means?

Answer:            Compression gradient means that the compression is stronger in the area the furthest away from the heart (the wrist or the ankle) and is gradually reduced towards the top of the garment. Swelling usually occurs in the limbs extremities, around the ankle or  the wrist as a result of gravity.

 

Question
4:
      Will I become a fashion outcast wearing my stockings?

Answer:            NO!!! Definitively no!

The garments are now modern, elegant and stylish, made of high quality textiles. They come in a variety of colors and are designed to combine medical and fashion requirements of both men and women.

 

Question
5:
      I still have a pair of "teddy socks"(white socks) that I have been issued with when I was at the hospital; can I wear them instead?

Answer:            No, these garments are anti-embolism designed to prevent blood clotting while the patient is in bed – often they are not phlebologically correct.

Should you need more information, please send me an email: jeanine@jmremedialtherapy.com.au

 

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