Whole limb low level laser therapy treatment and a full range of services

The Tasmanian Lymphoedema Centre was established in St Marys in January 2000 and pioneered the use of Scanning Laser Therapy in Tasmania. Today the Centre has two scanning laser units and five hand-held probes. These units combine to offer an extensive range of wavelengths and intensities, enabling the therapists to optimise treatments for certain conditions ranging from lymphoedema, post-surgical, wounds and musculoskeletal injuries.

All of our programs are designed to minimise the loss of mobility and the pain and discomfort experienced by patients, and to restore their quality of life and enjoyment of everyday activities.

All treatment protocols have been developed with advice and ongoing support from Professor Neil Piller, Lymphologist, from the Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia.

Treatments for lymphoedema offered by the Tasmanian Lymphoedema Centre may include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD)
  • Education and guidance on self care
  • Body Composition Analysis and Fluid Ratio Measurements
  • Dietary, exercise and skin care advice

We also have great success with Low Level Laser Therapy in treating Auxiliary Web Syndrome known as ‘cording’, a post-surgical condition resolved on average with two treatments approximately ten days apart. Low Level Laser Therapy can be effective in  halting the progression of, and sometimes reversing fibrosis.

The Tasmanian Lymphoedema Centre offers an intensive course of two or three consecutive days a week of treatment, depending on the degree or staging of the patient’s lymphoedema. Early intervention greatly assists in long-term management.

Low Level Laser Therapy also treats:
Axillary Web Syndrome, known as ‘cording’, a post-surgical condition resolved on average with two treatments approximately ten days apart.

The Centre’s Standard Course: Two or three consecutive days from Monday to Thursday

Day 1:
During the first session a senior laser therapist assesses the patient’s medical history and symptoms. Volume and circumferential measurements are taken and a treatment program is mapped out. The session continues with an hour-long appointment for Low Level Laser Therapy, followed by Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD). Our rooms are comfortable and light, and patients are encouraged to ask questions throughout. The session lasts for approximately two hours.

Day 2/3:
One hour Low Level Laser Therapy and one hour Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage.
Low Level Laser Therapy using both a scanning laser and a spot laser helps Lymphoedema by:

  • Softening scar tissue
  • Softening hardened fibrosed area
  • Reducing pain and boosting circulation
  • Stimulating the growth of new lymph vessels which, in turn, results in increased drainage of the limb.

Low Level Laser Therapy creates a photochemical reaction at a cellular level. The Laser light penetrates into tissue where it is absorbed by cells and converted into energy that influences the course of metabolic processes.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a treatment in which a specially trained therapist massages the patient’s affected limb to assist the body’s natural drainage system, which is under load.