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Press Release: Lymphedema Therapist Calls Meeting “Historic”

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St. Catharines Ontario… John Mulligan, a massage and lymphedema therapist and educator, and his wife, Bonnie Baker, recently participated in the Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF) meeting, which was held at the Canadian Institute for the Blind in Toronto on November 6, 2009. Mulligan, who, along with his wife, is co-owner of Lymphedema Depot Ltd. in St. Catharines, said “It was an honor to be invited. I have been a lymphedema therapist for eleven years now, and this was the most historic and unique conference I have attended. This is the first time that all of the major stakeholders in lymphedema care have come together in a national meeting.”

According to the CLF website, the Canadian Lymphedema Framework is… “an international initiative aiming to promote research, best practice guidelines and lymphedema clinical development, worldwide.”

The Framework meeting, said Mulligan, included over a hundred “lymphedema patients, garment fitters, vendors of lymphedema care products, researchers, educators, therapists and doctors.”

“Lymphedema is a condition of chronic swelling, usually in an arm or leg but it can also occur in the torso or head and neck. Often it is the result of surgery. It can also be an inherited condition. It is an under-diagnosed and under-treated condition in North America. The treatment for this debilitating condition is not usually funded by government or health insurance. This historic meeting was about finding ways to address those problems. I’d say we made a good beginning. The CLF has adopted best practice guidelines for the treatment of lymphedema and several ongoing initiatives were established at the meeting,” Mulligan said.

The purpose of the meeting, according to the CLF’s website, is to “elicit the input of all key Canadian stakeholders in developing a national strategy and agenda for lymphedema research and education and to advocate for effective and accessible clinical services” for lymphedema patients.

Lymphedema Depot Ltd. is the exclusive Canadian distributor for Solaris lymphedema-care garments. It is based in St. Catharines, Ontario.

For more information contact John Mulligan or Bonnie Baker at 905-687-8500, or visit their website at


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