In addition to several other procedures and treatments for lipedema, pump therapy, whole body vibration, and dry brushing can also increase the circulation of lymph fluids and provide relief from the sometimes painful symptoms.
Whole Body Vibration (WBV)
Whole body vibration exercises have been show to help with lymphatic drainage. It can improve the swelling in some cases, as well as reduce fat storage. Whole body vibration is done on a vibration platform, which gently vibrates your body to assist in lymphatic fluid flow back to the body. There are several different devices available for whole body vibration. It is suggested that you discuss the options with your physician so you can get the best results.
Because the lymphatic system lies just below the skin’s surface, dry brushing has been considered an effective treatment for lipedema. It has been shown to:
- Help move the venous blood
- Stimulate the lymph system
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve surface circulation
- Exfoliate the skin
- Improve the look of the skin to produce a healthier feel
The dry brushing technique is performed with a brush, either with a handle or a strap, that has soft bristles. As the name says, the brush is used dry and without water. You will not get the same results if the skin or brush is wet. With long, gentle, firm strokes, go over your entire body (except the face). The strokes should move the skin toward the heart and neck. Start with the feet and brush upward to the knees, groin, abdomen, and chest. Then brush the hands and arms to the armpits.
These are just some of the effect therapies that you can perform to help alleviate the swelling and pain from lipedema. There are several other procedures that can also accompany these that will also help. The very best way to ensure that you are doing all the right things is to make sure you are under a physician’s care. Dr. Wright and his team are knowledgeable and experienced in the diagnosis and care of lipedema.
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For more information on Lipedema please visit FatDisorders.org for some valuable information.