If you are dealing with the symptoms of lipedema, you may notice relief when you perform simple exercises such as deep breathing on a regular basis. The lymphatic fluid in our bodies does not circulate on its own with a “pump” such as our blood does through the circulatory system. Instead, our lymph flow can achieve a greater balance when we stimulate our muscles and joints with soft activities. Deep breathing is one such activity that can offer benefits, including decongestion in the lymphatic system.
What Are Deep Breathing Exercises?
The term ‘deep breathing’ has a variety of definitions. When we discuss deep breathing exercises, we are specifically discussing abdominal or diaphragmatic exercises that stimulate the lymphatic structures of the body. These exercises can help clear your lymph stream by creating a space of negative pressure that will help flush out fluid into your venous circulation from the lymph system. Drainage is further assisted whenever this lymph fluid from our lower extremities or legs pass through our lymphatic structures.
Deep Breathing Exercises You Can Do at Home
Now that you understand a little more about what deep breathing exercises can do for you, it is time to discuss which specific exercises can easily be done at home. That’s right, you can enjoy the benefits of deep breathing exercises without having to leave the comfort of your home.
Our deep breathing exercise starts by laying on a flat surface with your knees bent and head supported upward; a pillow under your legs can help provide additional support to make this position easier. Make sure to have a hand on your abdomen and upper chest so you can feel as your diaphragm moves during the exercise.
Next, inhale slowly through the nose; you should begin to feel your stomach rise up in your hand while your chest remains still. Begin tightening your stomach muscles and let the muscles go as you begin to exhale. When exhaling, let out your breath through pursed lips. Your chest should continue to remain as still as possible.
This exercise should be practiced three to four times a day, and each session should last five to 10 minutes. Dizziness and mild discomfort are expected during the exercise; if you do not experience these symptoms during the initial five to 10 minutes, make sure you increase the length of the exercise.
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This breathing exercise is just one step in a full range of available therapies for lipedema. By following Dr. Wright’s established recommendations, you can begin to experience relief from debilitating symptoms of lipedema. Contact us today!