Nancy Clare Murphy LMT, CLT
In addition to practicing massage therapy, Nancy is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist who is trained in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD). She studied complete decongestive therapy and MLD with Linda Hodgkins, MS OTR/L CLT-LANA, and Guenter Klose, MLD/CDT Certified Instructor CLT-LANA of Klose Training & Consulting, Lafayette, CO.
Mr. Klose and Ms. Hodgkins are well-known experts in the field of lymphedema therapy and are among the top teachers in their field today, lecturing and training therapists in the U.S. and abroad. While Manual Lymph Drainage is a therapeutic technique that can benefit many conditions and enhance wellness for anyone, the comprehensive training Nancy received through Klose Training’s CLT program has prepared her to provide follow-up, maintenance care for lymphedema patients who are receiving complete decongestive therapy and bandaging from an occupational therapist (OT) or physical therapist (PT).
Manual Lymph Drainage is often recommended as a therapy for cancer survivors who have had lymph nodes surgically removed as part of their cancer treatment. In some cases, the removal of lymph nodes causes a disease called lymphedema; a disease of the lymphatic system whereby the lymph is unable to be returned to the venous system and builds up in the body. These patients require special care that includes MLD, bandaging, and the wearing of compression garments in order to control the swelling caused by an impaired lymphatic system.