Manual Lymphedema Drainage

We are pleased to announce that Director of Occupational Therapy, Mrs. Amy Livengood, OTRL, CEAS II – is now trained in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD).

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What is Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)?

It is a pain-free technique used by a trained therapist. This technique helps reduce the swelling (edema/lymphedema) a patient is experiencing in an affected body area. The therapist uses gentle, rhythmic pumping movements.

Who could benefit from MLD?

Many people could benefit from MLD. If you have experienced any type of swelling in an affected limb or body region such as the neck or back, you may benefit from MLD. If you have pain in a joint or experience migraines, you could benefit from MLD. If you are struggling with swelling following a recent surgery or if you have a recent injury to a body part and are too early to begin therapy, you could benefit from MLD. Those who have been diagnosed with constipation or varicose veins would benefit from MLD. MLD has been an effective tool in treating these and multiple other diagnoses. Please contact your primary care physician or this therapist if you would like to know how MLD may benefit you.

How can I access this help? Will my insurance cover this service?

Yes. Your insurance will cover this therapeutic technique. Please contact your doctor for a script or call our clinic for a free consultation to see if you could benefit from MLD.

Call our office at (716) 488-2322. We will connect with your primary care physician, provide them details about how to order MLD occupational therapy services for you. All copay, coinsurance and deductible payments would apply for your insurance plan would apply.

Treatment Areas of Focus – but not limited to:

HEAD:

  • Deviated septum repair, bulbous nose, sinusitis, blephoplasty, blocked tear ducts, trauma, “baggy” eyes, Meniere’s Disease, tinnitus, TJM, otitis media, headaches, facelifts, pre-post op dental work, maxillary

UPPER EXTREMITY:

  • Arm: Immobility due to casting, epicondylitis, tennis elbow, Dupuytren’s, DeQuervain’s, fractures
  • Shoulder: frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tendonitis, fractured clavicle or arm after immobilization, subluxation

LOWER EXTREMITY:

  • Leg/Knee: Osteoarthritis, immobilization, limited range of motion, lymphedema, CVI (chronic venous insufficiency), fractures, edema following surgery
  • Ankle: fractured or sprained ankle, Achilles tendon tear, limited range of motion, trauma with hematomas
TORSO:

  • Back/Chest and Pulmonary: COPD, asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, bronchitis, intercostal neuralgia, broken ribs, trunk edema, tight intercostal muscles
  • Hip: Osteoarthritis, sports injuries, groin strain, hip bursitis, hamstring strain, gait changes, post-natal ligament laxity, acute arthritis, fractures

NEROLOGICAL:

  • RSD, fibromyalgia, chronic inflammation, lupus, brain tumor, strokes, cranial edema, post-CVA

OTHER:

  • Constipation, concussion, sinuses, allergies, fibromyalgia, frontal sinus congestion, whiplash, Amputees/phantom pain, vertigo, stress, sleep disorders, tension headaches, wounds, osteoarthritis, varicose veins, and Raynaud’s syndrome
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