The lymphatic system is an essential part of our immune system, which helps to protect the body from disease and infections. It is a network of vessels, organs, and tissues working together to move lymph fluid back into the bloodstream. The lymph system has several vital functions starting with maintaining fluid levels in our body by collecting excess fluid and returning them to the bloodstream. It absorbs fats from the digestive tract. It also protects the body against foreign invaders by producing white blood cells and other immune cells. Furthermore, it transports and removes waste products and abnormal cells from the lymph.
The lymphatic system is essential for healthy immune function and defense against possible harmful pathogens. It plays a significant role in removing waste and toxins from the body. With close to 700 lymph nodes spread throughout the body, it’s no wonder the lymph system has a powerful effect on our health.Continue reading →
When I created The Compression Closet several years ago, I naively thought I wouldn’t have to make too many adjustments once we completed the site. However, now I realize The Compression Closet is a living, breathing entity that continually needs my care and attention. In addition, the industry is constantly changing, with new product lines and innovations in fabrics and design. Furthermore, working with different therapists nationwide, I continually learn about other compression companies and garments that work well for lymphedema. Several therapists have asked me to add Medi stockings to my site. I am happy to oblige them as the lymphedema therapists I work with are partners in our wellness team. Continue reading →
Warmer weather can be a challenge to all of us, especially for those with lymphedema. During the colder seasons, the blood vessels in our skin constrict. The narrow vessels receive less blood and, therefore, less lymph. This allows the lymph system to cope better with the amount of lymph.
During the warmer months, blood vessels expand, causing the amount of fluid that travels out of the blood vessels and into the tissue. With a compromised lymphatic system, the fluid does not always return like it should to the lymph system. This can result in further swelling and edema. Continue reading →