Activating your lymphatic system doesn’t always require a trip to a medical professional. You can boost your lymphatic flow at home in many ways. Our lymph system comprises lymph nodes, vessels, and lymphatic fluid. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump to move fluids, so it relies on our movement and other factors to keep things flowing smoothly. Therefore, the most significant focus for lymphatic health is movement.
The lymphatic system is essential to the human body, fighting infections and diseases. Self-managing your lymph care is necessary when your lymph system is compromised. Let’s discuss some ways to boost lymphatic fluid flow at home.Continue reading →
Compression stockings are specialized stockings designed to provide therapeutic gradient pressure to the legs and feet. They are often used to treat various medical conditions such as varicose veins, edema, lymphedema, and deep vein thrombosis, as well as to prevent blood clots and improve circulation. Knowing what to look for and avoid is essential to purchasing compression stockings. Here are some best practices to keep in mind when buying compression stockings.Continue reading →
Today I would like to highlight another of The Compression Closet’s favorite compression garments for managing lymphedema. L&R-Solaris Caresia is an off-the-shelf bandage liner that simplifies and enhances standard bandaging techniques. In addition, the Caresia eliminates all the underlayers of traditional bandaging, reducing stress while saving time on bandaging and making lymphedema treatment easier. This garment has long been a favorite of therapists and their patients at The Compression Closet.
Lymphedema is a medical condition caused by a fluid buildup in the body’s tissues, leading to swelling and discomfort. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 250 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with lymphedema. It ranks #11 in the world of common diseases and #2 in disabling diseases, according to WHO, and yet still so few people have ever heard or know anything about this disabling disease. Therefore for my first blog post in March, I want to do my part to help bring more awareness and share some strategies to manage lymphedema. Even though lymphedema is a chronic condition, there are ways to manage lymphedema with proper care and lifestyle changes.Continue reading →
Although winter has not given up its grip in Northern Illinois, on some days, the air has a spring-like feel. I love that feeling of hope and new beginnings that Spring instills in me. This is an excellent time to introduce fun and color into your world with Juzo signature patterns for the upper extremities.
Currently, Medicare does not provide coverage for compression garments, a critical component of lymphedema treatment. However, you may have heard rumors that a new law has passed and that Medicare will soon pay for these compression garments. In fact, Congress recently passed the Lymphedema Treatment Act on December 23, 2022, which will enable Medicare to pay for compression garments starting next year. This law improves Medicare insurance coverage for medically necessary and doctor-prescribed compression garments. However, before this law can go into effect, there is much work yet to do. Continue reading →
Winter has finally arrived in Northern Illinois, and it may be challenging to get outside to exercise for a while. However, exercise is a vital aspect of managing lymphedema and lipedema. Therefore, it might be a good time to try something new, like yoga, to help stimulate your lymphatic system. Unlike the circulatory system, which has the heart pumping blood throughout the body, the lymphatic system needs movement to work effectively. Yoga provides numerous benefits to the body and mind, including improved flexibility, strength, balance, and mental clarity. In addition, research has shown that yoga can benefit those dealing with lymphedema. The deep diaphragmatic breathing and simple repetitive movements of the hands, arms, neck, torso, and hips involved in many forms of yoga help the lymph flow optimally. Yoga also helps to increase the range of motion and strength, which can help counter lymphedema’s impact.Continue reading →
Cervical Cancer and Lymphedema: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month? Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers among women, with over 12,000 cases diagnosed in the United States each year, with over 4,000 deaths. While cervical cancer is often treatable, especially if diagnosed early, it can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life. One potential complication of cervical cancer is lymphedema, a condition that can cause swelling, pain, and discomfort. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatments of cervical cancer and lymphedema can help women better manage the effects of this condition. Continue reading →
Today I’d like to share one of The Compression Closets’ favorite garments and best sellers. The Sigvaris CompreFlex Calf garment has been one of our top sellers and favorites for years. It is simple and easy to use and is also one of the most cost-effective garments we sell. What’s not to like? I especially like this garment for my elderly customers who might not have a lot of strength to pull on a traditional compression sock. Continue reading →
Lymphedema can be easier to deal with in the cooler months of winter. Bug bites and sunburns, which can be extremely dangerous for those with lymphedema, are much less likely for those living in the northern hemisphere. In addition, the heat and humidity that makes compression garments challenging to wear in the warmer months are not so much of an issue in these cooler months. Cooler temperatures lead to more compliance in wearing compression garments, which results in better control of the progression of your condition.
Winter and lymphedema, however, can present challenges of their own. Cold and gray days of winter can be hard on all of us. So how best can we deal with the challenges while embracing winter’s joys and benefits?Continue reading →