What is the Casley-Smith method?
The Casley-Smith method is the original Australian treatment method of managing chronic oedema including conditions such as lymphoedema, venous disease, lipoedema and other forms of chronic swelling.
The Casley-Smith method is a non-invasive means of treating chronic oedemas known as Complex Physical Therapy.
Complex Physical Therapy involves four aspects:
1) skin care and the treatment of any infection;
2) a special form of massage known as lymphatic massage or manual lymphatic drainage;
3) compression bandaging followed by compression to maintain the limb reduction usually by compression pumps or compression garments; and
4) special exercises that complement the massage known as decongestive exercises.
Complex Physical Therapy has two phases:
1) a treatment course of up to 4 weeks or more whereby fluid, fibrosis and fat aim to be addressed and
2) maintaining and continuing the reduction by continuing with compression, exercises, and skin care.