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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!