Various Types of Swelling:
- Lymphedema – This type of swelling is catergorized by an accumulation of protein and water that is not processed correctly by the body, leaving excess fluid in your legs, ankle and/or feet. This type of swelling is most commonly caused by injury or surgery to your lymphatic system with long-term effects. The swelling does not get better with elevation or ice.
- Dependent Edema – This is when you have more swelling with walking, standing, or sitting for long periods of time. As soon as you lie down or elevate your legs, the swelling goes away. Compression socks or stockings are a good option for this type of swelling.
- Acute Edema – You have this type of swelling following an injury. For example, when you sprain your ankle fluid accumulates around the injured area as a protection mechanism. The best treatment for this type of swelling is R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
Tips for Managing your Lymphedema:
- Self-Massage: Your lymphatic system is very superficial (on the surface) between your muscles and skin. Gentley rub in an upward direction, starting at the further point from your core. Gentley massaging the lymph nodes at your groin will also help open up the system to receive the fluid in your legs.
- Diaphragmatic Breathing: Your diaphragm is a muscle, that when activated through proper breathing will stimulat your thoracic duct. This duct is responsible for 75% of fluid uptake by your body. Watch the video for instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-PvRtxoZCQ
- Maintain clean, moisturized legs: Regularly clean with hypoallergenic soap and water to prevent any risk of infection or fungus. With increased pressure on your skin, you are more at risk of picking up bacteria.
We treat swelling and lymphedema patients in the 34711 area! Call Hohman Rehab and speak with a Certified Lymphedema Therapist for more info. (352)404-6908