Coastal Balance Physiotherapy Torquay is excited to announce the addition of Lymphoedema assessment and treatment to their list of services in order to provide more accessibility for those clients requiring this type of care in the Surf Coast region. Please contact our physiotherapist, Mai Hordern, on 5261 6688, who has undertaken specialised courses in order to be able provide lymphoedema management to our current and prospective clients in Torquay and the surrounding Surf Coast.

Physiotherapist Mai Hordern is trained in Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT), which is the gold standard treatment for lymphoedema caused by blockages or failures of the lymphatic system to properly drain fluid secondary to surgery, cancer, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and lymph node dissections. CDT can also be helpful to reduce swelling following injury, surgery and Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.

Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT) involves encouraging the flow of excess fluid via several methods which may include:

Education regarding your condition and prognosis, as well as appropriate skin care and infection prevention, specific home exercises and self-drainage techniques

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) which is a specifically sequenced, and very gentle and relaxing form of massage

Active exercises to further stimulate a muscle pumping effect

Compression bandaging and garments to prevent fluid build-up from returning after the application of MLD

Our Coastal Balance boutique clinic is specifically designed to provide a soothing and relaxing environment and includes private treatment rooms and a spacious Clinical Pilates studio with state-of-the-art equipment. Initial appointments involve a comprehensive assessment and treatment lasting 1 hour. Subsequent treatments usually require 45 minutes, with extended follow-up sessions of 60 minutes available as needed.

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