Advanced Physiotherapy of Lymphedema


Introduction

Clínica Planas reinforces its commitment with the treatment and research of lymphedema and creates the Unit for the Comprehensive Lymphedema Treatment. This new unit deals with procedures beyond multidisciplinarity, and has the newest techniques and the latest progress. It takes care not only of the medical aspects, but also of those that concern the daily lives of the affected people.

One of the innovations that Clinica Planas adds to its unit is the Godoy Method. The Godoy Method is a new system of advanced physiotherapy to treat lymphedema from a non-surgical and conservative point of view. It is based on the combination of different techniques, with the purpose of correcting and improving the lymph circulation so as to reach the normalization of lymphedema in a short-and long-term; achieving, thus, a reduction of about 50-80% volume in a week.

There are 4 methods to treat lymphedema:

The Vodder Method: It is a manual lymph drainage of lymphedema.
The Leduc Method: It is a Lymph Drainage evolved from the Vodder Method.
The Földi Method: It is based on a Complex Decongestive Therapy (combination of the Vodder method + bandaging + exercises)
The Godoy Method: It is a new Method based on the reduction or normalization of elephantiasis.


Procedure

This method is based on a Global Lymphatic Therapy, which consists of the following:

Manual therapy
Manual therapy and lymph drainage enables lymph absorption towards lymphatic capillaries, for its later transportation. Thus, lymphatic liquid is evacuated and therefore, the oedema is reduced.

Mechanical stimulus
There are some mechanical devices that perform passive exercises in the body limbs, and favour lymph transport and evacuation from the affected areas.

Therapy of contention
The objective of this therapy is to reduce the volume and the fibrosis of the oedema through compression garments designed for the patient, which are totally adjustable to be adapted to your needs.

Cervical stimulation
Cervical stimulation is a manoeuvre performed at the clavicle and has a neurological effect on the lymphatic system, activating it systemically. It is one of the fundamental parts of the lymphedema treatment in children.
Each of these treatments is carried out individually and intensively. It is adapted to the needs and particularities of each patient and it is performed by specialized health professionals to achieve excellent results.

There are different programs on a case-by-case basis:

Reducing Intensive Program
-    It is an outpatient program
-    Five day-combination of the four techniques
-    Sessions of 4 hours approximately

Maintenance Program
It is planed according to each person needs. The objective is to maintain throughout the year the maximum reduction achieved in the Intensive program.

Post Surgery Program
The objective of this program is to reduce recovery times after any surgery as well as to minimise any possible effects.


Benefits

Volume reduction of the limb
To increase the transport capacity of the vascular, venous and lymphatic system
To decrease conjunctive fibrosis
Improvement of the joint mobility of the limb
Skin care
Pain decrease
Scarring improvement
Prevention of the progression of disease
Functional rehabilitation of the affected limb
Improvement of the patient’s quality of life (personal and social reinsertion and return to work)


Post Treatment

The specialist will recommend you a personalized maintaining program according to your particular needs.



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