Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab’s use of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) in treating lymphedema

Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab's use of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) in treating lymphedema:

Empowering Lives: How Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) Transforms Lymphedema Care for Sarasota and Charlotte County Residents

At Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab, our mission is clear: to empower our patients and improve their quality of life. In Sarasota and Charlotte counties along the Suncoast region of Florida, we are proud to offer a holistic approach to lymphedema care through Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). This comprehensive treatment has been instrumental in transforming the lives of individuals dealing with lymphedema.

Understanding Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a chronic medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the lymphatic system is compromised, leading to the accumulation of lymphatic fluid and subsequent swelling in various parts of the body. This condition can result from surgeries, trauma, infections, or congenital factors. Lymphedema not only causes physical discomfort but also poses a significant challenge to one’s overall well-being.

In Sarasota and Charlotte counties, lymphedema is not an uncommon concern. It can hinder mobility, cause pain, and increase the risk of infections. Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab recognizes the urgency of addressing this condition and offers a solution that brings hope and relief to those affected.

The Role of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is a multidimensional approach to lymphedema care. It combines several key components to effectively manage and alleviate lymphedema-related symptoms:

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

MLD is a gentle massage technique that stimulates lymphatic flow and encourages fluid drainage from the affected area. This hands-on approach is performed by skilled therapists who understand the intricate workings of the lymphatic system.

Compression Therapy

Compression therapy involves the use of specialized garments, such as bandages or stockings, to reduce swelling and prevent fluid buildup. The right compression regimen is crucial, and our therapists customize it to meet each patient’s specific needs.


Physical activity is an integral part of CDT. It not only helps improve lymphatic flow but also enhances overall mobility and strength. Our therapists guide patients through tailored exercise routines that support their journey to recovery.

Skin Care

Proper skin care is essential for individuals with lymphedema, as the condition can increase the risk of skin infections and other complications. Our team provides guidance on maintaining healthy skin to prevent further complications.

Personalized Care 

I am James Ferrara, an Occupational Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist with over 20 years of therapy experience. I have spent years honing my craft, and my dedication to improving mobility and well-being is unparalleled.

My education and experience includes:

A Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy

Certification for Lymphedema Therapy from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies

Certification as a Therapist for LSVT BIG®

Specialization in Parkinson’s Wellness Rehab (PWR)

Graduation from Spalding University in 2006

Graduation from the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy in 2001

An Athletic Training Degree from Illinois State University in 1998

Certification as a Lymphedema & Wound Therapist from the International Lymphedema & Wound Training Institute

I go above and beyond to ensure that each patient receives the personalized care and support that they deserve on their journey to improved mobility and a better quality of life. 

The Journey of CDT

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is typically administered over several weeks or months, depending on the severity of the lymphedema and the individual’s response to treatment. The treatment plan is thoughtfully tailored to each patient’s unique needs and may be adjusted as necessary to achieve optimal results.

CDT has consistently proven its effectiveness in reducing swelling, enhancing lymphatic function, and improving the overall well-being of individuals with lymphedema. It is essential, however, to seek the guidance of a healthcare professional with expertise in lymphedema care to develop a personalized treatment plan and monitor progress. In some cases, CDT may be complemented by other treatments, such as surgical interventions or medications, as deemed necessary by the patient’s healthcare provider.

Real-World Benefits

The real testament to the effectiveness of CDT lies in the lives it has transformed. At Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab, we’ve witnessed remarkable improvements in our patients’ mobility, quality of life, and overall well-being. Whether it’s regaining the ability to perform daily activities with ease or experiencing a significant reduction in swelling, the positive impact of CDT is evident.

Contact us to get started feeling better today!

In Sarasota and Charlotte counties, Functional Transformation Mobile Rehab is at the forefront of lymphedema care. Through the utilization of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), we are committed to empowering individuals with lymphedema, offering them hope, and helping them regain control of their lives.

If you or someone you know is dealing with lymphedema, we encourage you to consider CDT as a viable solution. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services, schedule a consultation, and take the first step towards a brighter, more mobile future.

Blog written by: James Ferrara

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