As you may have noticed, the healthcare industry has been turned upside down by the sudden onset of COVID-19. Several businesses that are deemed non-essential have temporarily closed their doors until further notice, while others are available only for emergency or essential procedures. This can include many places where you can seek relief for your lipedema symptoms. Fortunately, there a few at-home exercises and measures you can take to manage your symptoms of lipedema.
There a several different low impact exercises you can try at home to manage your lipedema symptoms. These exercises include shoulder shrugs, neck rotations, hip abductions, ankle pumps, and bent knee fall outs. The exercises are designed to help stretch out your lymphatic system allowing lymph fluid to flow easier.
At-Home Workouts to Fight Off Lipedema Symptoms
General workouts designed to fight off lipedema symptoms are different than the exercises described above. One of the best yet hardest ways to fight off lipedema symptoms is to follow a workout regimen at home. Healthy exercise helps us develop muscle tissue and promote lymphatic circulation. Most of these workouts are low impact and will not be stressful on your joints. These workouts include swimming and water exercises, walking with supportive footwear, elliptical machines and stationary bike rides. Ellipticals and stationary bikes even allow you to change the resistance so you can find the perfect balance of cardio and strength building.
Wear Compression Garments
One of the most common lipedema symptoms patients will experience is swelling. Not only does swelling look unattractive but it can also be painful. One conservative treatment option you can do from home is wearing compression sleeves or garments. They can reduce your swelling and help the flow of lymphatic fluids in your affected limbs. These garments are recommended to be worn all day, so it is important to find your correct size.
Maintain Healthy Nutrition
By maintaining a nutritious diet, you can help reduce inflammation, another common symptom of lipedema. Your diet should include plenty of fatty acids that can help reduce your inflammation and overall swelling. Foods you will want to stay away from include processed packaged foods, wheat and gluten products, refined carbohydrates, dairy products, and food that is high in trans-fat.
Stay in Touch with Your Physician
While some healthcare offices may be closed, several physicians, including our own Dr. Wright, are introducing video consultation to better support their clients. Make sure to stay in contact with your physician and seek out their advice during this time!