Networking & Educational Seminar
for Lymphedema Therapists
Oro Valley Hospital (near Tucson), AZ
Oro Valley, AZ
November 6-8, 2015

Friday, November 6 - Sunday noon, November 8, 2015

1-5:30 p.m.: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshop (4 contact hours)
5:30 - 8:00 p.m: Hors D'oeuvres & Wine Reception/ Exhibits/ Demos/ Registration

SATURDAY: (7 contact hours)
8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.

SUNDAY: (3 contact hours)
8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.

Oro Valley Hospital, Oro Valley (15 miles from Tucson)
Classrooms A&B
1551 E. Tangerine Road
Oro Valley, AZ 85755

Karen Ashforth*, MS, OTR, CHT, CLT-LANA: "Fibrosis Treatment: Reduce Pain & Lymphedema, Improve Function"
Eva Sevick, PhD: "Real-Time, Point-of-Care Imaging of the Lymphatics"
Debora Chassé, DPT, WCS, CLT-LANA: "Treating Pelvic Lymphedema"
Andrea Brennan, OTD, OTR/L, WCC, CLT-LANA: "Edema and the Revised Starling Equation"
Shoosh Lettick Crotzer, MS: "Yoga for Lymphedema"
Leslyn Keith, MS, OTR/L, CLT-LANA: "Obesity & Lymphedema: Breaking the Cycle"
Karen Herbst, PhD, MD: "Lipedema or Lymphedema?"

(*Optional pre-seminar Workshop on Friday, November 6, from 1-5:30 pm - see above)

CONTACT HOURS: 10 (or 14 with Optional Friday Workshop)
Lymphedema Seminars is an Approved Provider #8208 for Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). We are also an approved provider #15-0803 from the Arizona Physical Therapy Association (AZPTA). We also give out Certificates of Completion to all attendees.

OBJECTIVES Oro Valley Hospital, Oro Valley, AZ (near Tucson)
Participants learned to:

  • Identify five different types of soft tissue fibrosis
  • Identify three differentiating factors between radiation fibrosis and lymphostatic fibrosis
  • Name two functional impairments commonly associated with fibrosis
  • Name three different type of manual therapy techniques to treatment fibrosis
  • Describe the general and emerging methods for imaging lymphatic anatomy and function
  • Identify chronic conditions, other than lymphedema, that impaired lymphatic function can occur
  • Identify "normal" and "abnormal" lymphatic anatomy and function
  • Know the different types and stages of lipedema.
  • Recognize lipedema independently of lipedema, phlebedema, lymphedema, Dercum's disease, Madelung's disease and obesity.
  • Understand the pathophysiology of lipedema including the presence of leaky lymphatics.
  • Learn about the multi-pronged approach to the treatment of lipedema.
  • Understand the structure of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular/lymphovascular system
  • Develop an understanding of cardiovascular/lymphatic system physiology based on current research
  • Identify how the current research can effect the practice of a lymphedema therapist
  • Understand how adapted yoga can be beneficial for quality of life for those with lymphedema.
  • Identify the specific yoga poses that are beneficial for improving lymphatic flow.
  • Apply the adapted yoga poses into a specific sequence.
  • Brainstorm and discuss methods and alternatives for various aspects of lymphedema treatment in a round table discussion.
  • Develop resources and networking connections with other lymphedema therapists.
  • Develop problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills for advanced level lymphedema treatment through interactive discussion with other lymphedema therapists
  • Identify the links between obesity and lymphedema.
  • Understand the mechanisms that result in adipose proliferation in the presence of lymph.
  • Recognize the benefits and superiority of a ketogenic diet for weight loss and health.
  • Recognize the urgency of addressing weight management in a comprehensive lymphedema program.
  • Discuss an evidence-based program for obesity & lymphedema and results of a research study
  • Identify abdominal and pelvic lymph nodes groups and determine the afferent lymph fluid pathway in the lymph vessels.
  • Create an assessment of excess fibrotic connective tissue in the genitals, abdomen, pelvis, and buttocks.
  • Create a manual lymph drainage (MLD) protocol for pelvic lymphedema patients.
  • Understand how to use complete decongestive therapy (CDT) to treat pelvic lymphedema patients.