Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is also known as Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP) or Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
This therapeutic procedure starts with Manual lymphatic drainage. The limb is wrapped in compression bandages to prevent re-swelling until the next session. Once the limb is down to the desired size, a custom made compression hosiery garment and pressure sleeve is applied.
Skin care is an integral part of this therapeutic process. This is done to provide remedy for infected and damaged skin. Special exercises and diet management is also incorporated in this method.
The duration of the entire procedure spans over weeks. It provides relief from pain associated with oedema and fibrosis. Reduction of limb circumference is also achieved through this therapy.