Edema Management in Inpatient Rehabilitation

Register for the Seminar! 


Edema is a condition chronically under-recognized and undertreated. Inpatient rehabilitation is an environment is which the opportunity to assess, educate and treat patients with edema can lead to far improved outcomes, higher patient satisfaction, decreased re-admissions and better quality of life. There are many conditions and injuries, including lymphedema, orthopedic injury and repair, venous insufficiency and organ failure that lead to edematous limbs. This impacts mobility, comfort, basic activities of daily living, and skin integrity, leading to progressive disability. Edema can be treated and managed successfully through Complete Decongestive Therapy.

This course provides clinicians with a thorough understanding of the processes of edema, the assessment and management of edema, and the value in establishing such programs in inpatient settings. Attendees will learn about the clinical presentations of many types of edema, the methodology through which edema is treated, and the value of Complete Decongestive Therapy. This seminar empowers clinicians with the skills required to recognize and manage edema, and educate patients in maximizing their quality of life through controlling chronic swelling.

What will you learn?

By the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

– Apply knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system to the treatment of edema

– Evaluate edema of various pathologies

– Evaluate edema and create a plan of care with appropriate goals

– Competently perform basic manual lymphatic drainage techniques

– Competently and safely perform compression bandaging

– Create a needs assessment and pilot program for edema management in your facility

ARC Seminars sets itself apart from the competition in many ways!

  • Pre-reading: In order to limit the amount of time spent on didactic teaching, ARC Seminars will provide you with a thorough pre-reading list prior to participation in the course. You can then get the most out of the course by engaging in hands on techniques and by asking us specific, case based problems to solve!
  • Most courses are aimed at the widest audience possible, in order to get as many participants as possible. While that can be a great way of getting professionals from different fields together, it is not always conducive to working through specific problems, and can make the information very vague, theoretical, and general. ARC Seminars are specific to the field of hospital-based rehabilitation, and we have many years of experience in treating and developing procedures for treatment in rehabilitation facilities.
  • We provide guidance and support for setting up your own program! ARC Seminars not only provide education and guidance within the seminar to set up your own program, but we will also provide you with follow up guidance and support after the seminar to ensure that your program is successful!
  • ARC Seminars uses the most up to date and evidence based techniques to ensure your participation in the course is translated to the most learning and carryover possible!
  • Materials: You will be provided with a comprehensive manual of all the presentation slides,  exclusive access to our Edema Assessment Tool, a limited amount of edema management supplies, and other tools provided by our sponsors! 

Meet your presenter, Eimile Cahalan!

meet your presenter edema managementEimile Cahalan: OTR/L, CLT, CBIS, CKTP. Eimile graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway from the Occupational Therapy program. She has over 8 years of experience in teaching students, therapists, and clinical staff. Eimile is particularly passionate about health awareness and health advocacy and believes that all patients, family members and clinicians should be empowered to treat with the most effective and up to date information that is available. Eimile’s experience ranges from neurological rehabilitation to lymphedema management, and she has worked specifically to integrate edema management techniques to maximize client outcomes in in-patient and home care settings. If you have any questions for Eimile, please contact her directly at emily@arcseminars.net.

Disclosures: Financial- Emily is reimbursed as a presenter by ARC Seminars. Non-financial- Emily has no relevant non-financial disclosures.


Who should attend?

  • Rehab Directors
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Massage Therapists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses 

Check out one of our clients’ skin improvement after ten days treatment! She had gone decades with constant skin breakdown, wounds, and subsequent re-admissions to hospital. By addressing her skin integrity issues through effective edema management techniques, she is able to be more mobile, more independent, and at less risk of infection and hospitalization.

This client had a proximal humerus fracture, and the pressure from edema in her skin was about to start breaking the skin on her elbow down (notice how shiny the skin at the elbow region is). The second picture is taken one week later, where her swelling has gone down, her skin integrity has completely improved, and she reported far less discomfort and pain. These techniques work very well for orthopedic injuries!

Using appropriate manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandages, skin care and exercises, you can help your patients improve their quality of life, decrease re-admissions to hospital, and improve mobility.

Client and Student Testimonials

Wonderful Seminar, Well Done!- SZ

Presenters are excellent, thorough, kept topic interesting- GF

Great Class. Enjoyed the smaller class size- SH

Excellent Presenter. Well Organized. I would recommend this course and speaker to others. -DF

“I learned many things today that I would not have thought of before!”

…Feedback from patients and students…

I never knew my edema could be treated- I just thought I has to “live with it”. Thank you so much for taking this time to educate me about my health. Patient -DM Wonderful Seminar, Well Done!- SZ Presenters are excellent, thorough, kept topic interesting- GF Great Class. Enjoyed the smaller class size- SH Excellent Presenter. Well Organized. I would recommend this course and speaker to others. -DF

Testimonial from Physicians

I attended this course in August of 2017, and was very impressed by the information given and the physical training. With my background in osteopathy, I have learned manual techniques before, but a manual and hands-on approach to the management of commonly seen edema was novel, and extremely useful to me. I would recommend any nurse, therapist, or fellow physician who deals with patients struggling with edema (of any sort) attend this seminar and be educated in this up-to-date, insightful approach to edema management.

Iocation is great and presenter is awesome

Informative and I can apply my knowledge and skills in my daily practice. It answers my doubts and queries and become more competent. Location is great and presenter is awesome

Very informative and enjoyable

Very informative and knowledgeable. Enjoyed this seminar very much Great talk! -Gil S, D.O/Medical Director Great seminar, very helpful! -N.D. OTR/L Presenters are excellent, thorough, kept topic interesting! Gail F., OTRL

…has empowered me to take more initiative…

This was such an informative and beneficial seminar for our caseload and has empowered me to take more initiative in our program to assess edema. Thanks

One of the best courses I’ve been to!

Very well ran. One of the best courses I’ve been to. Presenter was very patient with repetitive questions, and re-directing back to task. Able to appropriately answer questions. -Jill D-PTA Excellent course! JR-PT Loved the course! Very tailored to inpatient rehab. Thanks! Great course! Very informative material provided and very helpful hands on lab with a lot of resources provided. Tara E- PT

Organized way of presenting

Organized way of presenting to audience. Instructor had a great way of explaining topics with different analogies with the different types of learning techniques. Melanie F-OTR

…labs were great…

Course was very informative and labs were great for hands-on and becoming more comfortable

excellent presenter

Eimile is an excellent presenter, she engaged the class and provided positive feedback and recommendations that students can use with patients. Thank you. -Khuy B- OT Great and informative! -Sharon K- OTR Very interesting and applicable. Great instructor. -Angela V, PT Very Well, will attend future courses. Information very well presented. -Fay V OTR/L

BEST class I have ever taken

Honestly, BEST class I have ever taken as a continued education course! So applicable and educational!

Up to date, engaging, and hands on content

We have worked with Emily and Ruth on two courses the past few months and have had a great experience on both occasions.  ARC seminars provides up to date, engaging, and hands on content that my clinicians are excited to bring back to their patients to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.  We look forward to working with them again in the future to introduce additional treatment approaches for some of our most challenging patient populations.

We at ARC Seminars have many years of experience teaching and passing on our expertise to students, with excellent results. We believe that supporting the student at all levels of learning: hands-on and kinesthetic learning, pre-reading for a complete understanding of didactic teaching, follow up support and materials, and program development for carryover of your new skills in the working environment.

Follow Up and Online Support

After you have attended the seminar, you will have access to an online community of other therapists and professionals for support and guidance in the development of your own, in-house program. The presenters at ARC Seminars will always be available to answer your questions and provide help with your work!

You also have the option to engage the Edema Management Presenters from ARC Seminars to come out to your facility and advise on your program, help you ‘iron out’ any of the problem areas, and help integrate your program with the rest of your staff. Contact us here to arrange an on-site consultation!

Relevant Disclosures:

This course is intended to prepare the learner to evaluate and manage edema in an in-patient rehabilitation setting.

Financial- Emily Cahalan is compensated as an instructor by ARC Seminars. She holds a Certified Lymphatic Therapist certification from the the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.

Non-financial- Emily has no non-financial conflicts of interest, or relevant disclosures.


We are committed to accessibility of education for all our learners, and have made every effort to make sure that all aspects of our courses are considered in order to ensure accessibility to all. However, if you require special accommodations, please contact Emily Cahalan at emily@arcseminars.net at least 7 days prior to course commencement, to ensure that your requirements are met.

Continuing Education Units/Professional Development Units

This seminar contains intermediate content. Instructional method is live and in-person; through a combination of presentation, discussion/case studies; demonstration and live practice.

Occupational Therapists: ARC Seminars is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, #000087. This course is offered for 0.7 AOTA CEUs, approval #0002025, (7.0 contact hours). This course contains content classified under both Occupational Therapy Process and Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Physical Therapists: This program has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 7 Category 1 contact hour(s). Expiration Date: 02/18/2023.  Approval Number: CS110-2021-APTAKY.  Most other state boards of physical therapy will accept continuing education offerings that are approved by the APTA.

ARC Seminars is an California Board of Physical Therapy Approved Provider of Continuing Education. This course has been approved by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; the Delaware Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; and the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Please contact us at info@arcseminars.net for your specific state requirements.

Completion Requirements

In order to complete this course and receive continuing education units, the participant must:

  • Pay registration fee
  • Sign in and out on the course days on the attendee log
  • Complete manual labs and demonstrate compere
  • Complete the post-course evaluation on Day 2


We at ARC Seminars are committed to bringing you the very best experience possible. 

If you wish to get a refund, or in the unlikely event of a cancellation, please review our Refunds & Cancellation policy.

If you wish to lodge a complaint, please review our Complaint and Grievance policy here, and at any time feel free to contact us at info@arcseminars.net.