When a portion of the lymphatic system is injured by trauma, surgery or radiation, or develops abnormally, the functionality of the lymphatic system is impaired. In many cases this can cause swelling, which most often affects the upper or lower extremities.
A well-balanced exercise program in combination with other treatment options used in . . . → Read More: The Role of Various Exercise Modalities in the Treatment of Lymphedema
Unlike the heart in the blood circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have an active pump to propel lymphatic fluid back to the bloodstream. Effective lymph flow depends on sufficient muscle and joint activity, especially if the functionality of the lymphatic system is compromised.
The Deep Lymphatic System
Abdominal . . . → Read More: The Benefits of Abdominal Breathing Exercises in the Management of Lymphedema
TweetThe positive impact a well-tailored regular exercise program can have on a healthy lifestyle, improvement of general well being, increased energy level, and stress and weight management is well known. Additional benefits of exercises for those individuals at risk of, or have lymphedema include improved limb flexibility, range of movement, and most importantly increased . . . → Read More: Why Exercises should be Part of Your Lymphedema Treatment Regimen
“After a day of sitting in the office my ankles are swollen.”
“During the last several months of my pregnancy, my legs practically doubled in size”
“My fingers and hand frequently get puffy following a long hike”
“My arm started swelling after I had surgery for my breast cancer”
“Following the removal of . . . → Read More: When is it Lymphedema?
This is the second part of Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy (RIBP) and Lymphedema. The last blog entry covered the causes and symptoms. This entry covers the treatment and how it relates to the presence of lymphedema.
How is RIBP treated?
Although surgical procedures to decompress the brachial plexus and re-vascularize the nerves and surrounding tissues . . . → Read More: Treatment of RIBP in the Presence of Lymphedema
Today I would like to address the important and often neglected issue of radiation induced brachial plexopathy (RIBP), and how it relates to lymphedema. This first part covers the causes and symptoms of this condition, the next blog entry will discuss the treatment of RIBP with special considerations to the presence of lymphedema.
Radiation-Induced . . . → Read More: Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy
Today I would like to share with you an article on aquatic exercises written by Mary Essert, B.A., ATRIC for this blog. Mary specializes in creation and delivery of water fitness and post rehab aquatic programs for individuals with disabilities and conditions such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Breast Cancer, lymphedema, post Polio Syndrome and . . . → Read More: The Benefit of Aquatic Exercise for Lymphedema
In this last part of the three-part series about exercises, I would like to address decongestive- and breathing exercises, which are an integral part in the treatment and management of lymphedema.
Unlike the heart in the blood circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have an active pump to propel lymphatic fluid back . . . → Read More: Decongestive and Breathing Exercises for Lymphedema