How ALT Is A Better Modality Than Manual Lymphatic Massage

Assisted Lymphatic Therapy (ALT) and Manual Lymphatic Massage (MLM) are both modalities designed to help treat lymphedema, a condition where the lymphatic system is unable to properly drain lymphatic fluids from the body, resulting in swelling and discomfort.

While MLM has been a standard treatment for lymphedema for a long time, research has shown that it may not be as effective as ALT in providing long-term relief for lymphedema symptoms.

Here are some reasons why ALT is a better modality than MLM:

1. ALT is more efficient in removing lymphatic fluid

In ALT, a machine is used to create a pulsating pressure on the affected areas, which stimulates lymphatic flow and helps in draining the lymphatic fluid. This pulsating pressure can be adjusted as per the individual’s needs, making it more effective and efficient in removing the fluid buildup than MLM.

2. ALT provides more consistent treatment

Unlike MLM, which involves manually manipulating the lymphatic system via the hands, ALT provides consistent treatment. Because the machine used in ALT provides a consistent and uniform pressure, the entire affected area is treated uniformly, ensuring that the entire lymphatic system gets the treatment it needs.

3. ALT is less tiring for therapists

While MLM can be effective, it can also be physically demanding on the therapist. ALT, on the other hand, involves minimal physical exertion from the therapist. This allows them to perform the treatment for a longer duration, ultimately providing better results for the patient.

4. ALT is more comfortable for patients

Many patients who undergo MLM often report discomfort, as this modality involves physically manipulating the affected areas. In contrast, ALT requires no direct physical contact with the patient, making it a more comfortable experience for patients.

In conclusion, while MLM has been the standard treatment for lymphedema for a long time, the relatively new modality of Assisted Lymphatic Therapy has shown to be a better option for many reasons. It’s more efficient, consistent, less physically tiring, and ultimately more comfortable for patients. If you’re interested in exploring lymphedema treatment options, we highly recommend considering Assisted Lymphatic Therapy to help manage your symptoms.

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