Compression Therapy Basics
Why Compression Therapy is Important
When it comes to Lymphedema management, Compression Therapy (i.e. the use of compression bandages or garments) is an absolute must, because...
Without the benefits of compression therapy, the lymphatic fluid removed by successful treatments would re- accumulate, making effective long-term management of would be impossible.
You see, although the swelling caused by Lymphedema may be reduced to (near) normal size during treatment, the damage it done to the lymphatic system due to the accumulation of excess fluid is permanent, and the skin elasticity in the affected tissues may never return to normal levels. This loss in elasticity results in an inability to provide sufficient resistance or tissue pressure to prevent the build-up more fluid in the tissues, making the application of external compression to provide support that increases tissue pressure necessary.
Did you know...?
That upon approval 75% of the cost of your Lymphedema Compression Garments will be covered by the Ministry of Ontario's Assistive Devices Program
Getting Started with the Assistive Devices Program (ADP)
Step 1: Get Your ADP Application. You can find them online, or visit a qualified ADP vendor or authorized therapist to get one.
Step 2. Get a Medical Check Up. If it's your first time getting forms signed for Lymphedema compression garments, the signing physician must be a specialist in one of the following areas:
If you've been approved through ADP for compression garments previously, your forms need to be updated every two years and/or if there is a change in your medical condition, by a family doctor, nurse practitioner or specialist physician (as listed above).
Step 3. Visit an ADP Authorizer. Before signing your form, the ADP authorizer will identify the exact type of device you need and confirm your eligibility for ADP funding assistance. For lymphedema compression garments or sleeves you must get the authorization of one of the following healthcare professionals registered with the ADP: registered massage therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, or registered nurses.
Step 4: See an ADP Registered Vendor. Your authorizer will refer you to an ADP registered vendor, where a certified fitter will measure you and order the device(s) that you require. The certified fitter will also provide education about the use and care of the device(s).
$70* for up to 30 minute assessment appointment.
*All taxes included
For more information on getting started with ADP read the Applicant Information Fact Sheet.