Complete Decongestive Therapy

Complete Decongestive Therapy or CDT is a term for a series of clinical procedures designed to reduce excess fluid from the body. CDT therapy may include any of the following:

  • Wrapping
  • Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage
  • Skin care
  • Exercise or movements to increase mobility
  • Pneumatic compression pumps
  • Specially designed compression garments

Patients with lipedema, generalized edema, lymphedema and lipo-lymphedema may all benefit from CDT. However, those who have lipedema with only limited swelling may not.

Do your research. There’s a lot of information on the internet including a great video on YouTube called “CDT Complete Decongestive Therapy.”