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
Commercial airline travel is fast, safe and convenient and in the vast majority of cases without any harmful health effects. However, the aircraft environment and other airline-travel related factors may cause certain stresses on the individual affected by lymphedema or the population at risk to develop lymphedema (latent lymphedema). This article is intended . . . → Read More: Lymphedema and Airline Travel
Compression bandages (and compression garments – see below) used in the management of lymphedema should be properly washed on a regular basis, so skin cells and oils won’t become trapped in the fibers of the bandages and damage the integrity of the textile. Compression bandages may be machine or hand washed; machine wash . . . → Read More: How to Care for Short-Stretch Compression Bandages
Today I would like to make you aware of an excellent video covering the daily challenges of living with lymphedema.
In this live stream video Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, extensively discusses symptoms and issues individuals with various forms of lymphedema experience on a daily basis.
Sheila is the Martha Rivers . . . → Read More: Living with Lymphedema – live stream recording
Today I would like to share with you a report on a study of the effects of manual lymph drainage (Vodder technique) on systemic scleroderma, which was published in the January 10 issue of “Lymphologie Aktuell”, the member journal of the German Society of Lymphology.
The impacts on the quality of life . . . → Read More: Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage on Systemic Scleroderma
Lymphedema is caused by a blockage or dysfunction of the lymphatic system, causing a disruption of the normal flow of lymph fluid, which may result in swelling affecting various parts of the body. Lymphedema most commonly presents in soft tissues of arms and legs; however, it may also affect the trunk, abdomen, head . . . → Read More: Complications of Lymphedema
Certain activities may trigger the onset of lymphedema, or may exacerbate the symptoms of existing lymphedema. Individuals affected by lymphedema and those at risk for developing it (everyone who has undergone lymph node excision and/or radiation treatments) should observe the following precautions. The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” below are based on decades of experience . . . → Read More: Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg
The post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) is an important chronic complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Another condition known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) may develop following a PTS, which in some cases can be the cause for the onset of lymphedema, which is the reason for the discussion of this topic.
To better understand . . . → Read More: Deep Vein Thrombosis and Post-Thrombotic Syndrome