Complete Decongestive Therapy (also known as Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy) is embedded in a fully holistic approach and is recognised as the basis for lymphoedema treatment today. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a significant part of CDT but it is primarily the practical combination and holistic approach that makes CDT an effective, direct and comprehensive treatment of lymphoedema. Based on the life-long research of Professor Michael Földi and Professor Etelka Földi - the pioneers of modern lymphology - the Földi MLD / CDT course is the foundation for the optimum treatment of all present and future diseases of the lymphatic system.
In 2015, the Földi College commenced its educational programme in the UK with the first MLD / CDT certification course in Bury St Edmunds. The course was conducted by two experienced instructors: Marietta Suessle, MLD / CDT Instructor and Headmaster of the Földi College in Freiburg, Germany, and Michael Oberlin, M.D., Senior Physician at the Földi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany and Member of the Medical Board of the Földi College. They were assisted by their partner, Gudrun Collins, who has been living and working as a lymphoedema therapist for many years in the UK. Thanks to Gudrun’s experience, lymphological issues related specifically to the UK such as availability of materials, garments, bandages, contacts and referrals were discussed in detail, therefore ensuring a thorough out-patient treatment overview of lymphoedema patients in the UK.
During the courses an emphasis is placed on the practical element. Patients are invited to the class for presentation and demonstration of treatment with MLD / CDT. Whenever possible, the students are allowed to treat the patients themselves, under the supervision of their instructors, which increases their skills in regards to evaluation and assessment, and the benefits of ‘hands-on’ experience.
In 2017, the Földi College is once again offering courses. The dates are:
Review Course I
13 - 14 December 2017
Review Course II
16 – 17 December 2017
More information and registration details can be found by visiting the Földi College website. BSN medical is pleased to support the Földi College courses in the UK.