Migraines, headaches, and brain fog are common in those suffering from lipedema. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for migraines or headaches, or for lipedema. Neck tension can lead to stagnant fluid movement, and can lead to those headaches and migraines. Neck movement and proper breathing can clear brain stagnation/fog along with fluids through the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is important because it touches all cells, tissues and organs. It cleans, nourishes and provides a defense system. The fluid of the lymph system is not pumped by the heart, as is the blood. It is mainly circulated throughout the body by muscle motion and breath, which is why lymphatic yoga, through its motions and breathing, can efficiently move the lymph fluid. Diaphragmatic breathing, which is an important part of yoga, moves the lymph fluid from the legs and arms toward the heart. Lymphatic yoga can be an effective lipedema management tool. Here are some of the yoga postures that have shown to be effective in better lymphatic fluid flow.
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By inverting the body, you will help reverse the effects of gravity. Some examples of these poses include the plow pose (Halasana), shoulder stand (Sarvangasana), and the headstand (Sirsasana).
Twisting poses can be done while seated in a chair or on the floor. They include simple twists and more advanced poses. Twists have been shown to stimulate energy in the body and spine, as well as positively affect the internal organs; they are also helpful in reducing stress!
Similar to inversions, backbends can reverse the effects of gravity on the body. Additionally, they will stretch the spine and open the front of the body. In addition to providing flexibility of the spine, these poses can stimulate the abdominal organs, and open the lungs and heart; they will also relieve the stress and fatigue that are associated with lymphatic congestion. There are a range of backbend poses from beginner to advanced.
Dynamic series of poses will keep the body moving and will move the lymphatic fluid through the body. For instance, the Sun Salutation is a series of 12 poses, each one flowing into the next, all accompanied by deep breathing.
Anytime you are considering a new exercise routine, it is important that you consult your physician. Also, it is important that your trainer or instructor understands your condition so that your health is maintained.
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