I read this post with great interest, hoping there would be several MLD therapists listed in the area other than Holly Clement at Sansum. I have had MLD therapy several times down in the LA area since 1996 and would love to find someone local.
I think it is very unfortunate that Sansum only has one therapist to perform this much needed therapy. This is a very personal therapy and if you do not gel with the therapist, it can be quite uncomfortable (emotionally). Sansum needs to get on the ball and hire a second therapist!
@889, I think that you may be confusing "lymphatic massage" with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Therapy. It is also known as CDPT, Complete Decongestive PhysioTherapy. It is a 4 part therapy that includes specific massage, compression, skin care and maintenance training. Most insurance carriers will cover CDPT/MLD when it is offered within a clinical setting where a licensed physical therapist can "oversee" the patient care and progress.
It is important to find a therapist that is licensed/certified as an MLD therapist, otherwise one runs the risk of having someone do the "lymphatic massage" techniques that can actually damage the delicate lymphatic vessels and valves.
@the OP, please be sure to visit the National Lymphedema Network's website at www.lymphnet.org for further information about lymphedema. You will find a listing of therapists and centers, by state, of licensed and certified therapists.
This is a therapy that has been in existence in Europe and Australia for over 60 years. I can personally attest to its success and validity. When I began my first session, my left calf was 8 inches bigger around than my right. In only 3 weeks of treatment with compression wrapping, my leg was reduced to within 1 1/2 inches in size of the other!. I have maintained that benefit for 16 years. I have Stage 3 lymphedema and the docs thought the therapy was a longshot for me! Though there is no cure for this progressive condition, it can be treated and maintained successfully.
Good luck to you. I hope you get the treatment you need and can learn to maintain a healthy body.