Lymphatic Therapies

Written by Zachary Zerries
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Lymphatic therapies are still rejected by many in the medical profession, but more and more health care professionals are beginning to recognize their effectiveness and advise their patients accordingly. It is therefore a wise career move to become certified so you can market yourself as skilled therapist. You do not need to drop your other clients, but offering lymphatic therapies will simply make you all the more attractive to a wider group of patients.

Becoming Certified in Lymphatic Therapies

Most people who make good lymphedema therapists are those who already have some professional knowledge of human anatomy, patient treatment, and/or massage. This includes, but is in no way limited to, nurses, physical therapists, massage therapists, medical assistants, and the like. As these people are already used to dealing with patients/clients in a medical or professional setting, it's easy for them to add lymphatic therapies to their list of skills.

Do be aware, however, that becoming certified in lymphatic therapies is a process that takes a serious commitment. First, you must enroll in and pass educational courses given by an officially recognized school. After the courses have been passed, you must then clock 90 hours of direct patient contact plus another year of documented experiences where you put these newly learned skills into practice.

Once you've passed the courses and clocked your hours, you're ready to sit for the LANA certification exam. This exam is the only one recognized nation-wide and you must pass it in order to receive official certification. Then and only then you will be able to perform lymphatic therapies as a certified professional.

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