DOG DAYS OF SUMMER AND LYMPHEDEMA
We are now heading into the “dog days of summer”, commonly described as the most oppressive period of summer heat. Summer and hot humid weather can be a challenge to all of us, but especially for those living with lymphedema. However, being aware of the complications presented by these warmer months can help prevent further issues and complications when living with lymphedema. Continue reading
Who’s ready to start traveling again? I know I am!! However, it’s important to note that those living with lymphedema do have to take some special precautions while traveling. Here are 20 travel tips to consider when traveling with lymphedema. Continue reading
DO YOU FEEL ISOLATED?
I’ve met several people on this lymphedema journey who at one time or another felt isolated and alone. They didn’t know anyone like them who had a large leg or a giant hand, they felt different, isolated and alone. Well that may have been the case at one time, but this no longer has to be the story. I believe social media and the internet itself has changed this all up in a big way and provides a good deal of support for lymphedema. Continue reading
Deep, diaphragmatic breathing is one of the easiest ways to move lymphatic fluid through your system, which in turn helps to eliminate toxins and benefit lymphedema. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system has no active pump to move the lymphatic fluid back into the bloodstream. Therefore, effective lymph flow depends on muscle and joint activity, especially if the lymphatic system is compromised. Continue reading
I read an interesting book recently, “The Ketogenic Solution for Lymphatic Disorders”. Written by Leslyn Keith, who has a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with an emphasis on lymphedema and obesity. She was certified as a Lymphedema Therapist in 2000 and became LANA-certified in 2001. In addition to treating lymphedema and other lymphatic disorders, she currently researches, consults, and lectures on lymphedema, lipedema, and obesity. Continue reading
INTRODUCING NEW ABDOMINAL COMPRESSION FOR LYMPHEDEMA
The Compression Closet would like to introduce two new compression garments for abdominal lymphedema. We are very excited about the Wear Ease High Waist Compression Short and the Short Compression Capri. One of the things I love doing as a business owner is researching and discovering new products that will work well for the lymphedema community. All the products on our website have been chosen specifically for its effectiveness with edema and lymphedema. All of these products have been tried and tested by our therapists as well as the patients they treat. We accept only the highest quality, most effective garments for the lymphedema condition on our website. Continue reading
BODY IMAGE AND LYMPHEDEMA
Body image, something we all deal with – right? I feel women especially struggle with body image, but maybe that’s just because I’m a woman. Many of those living with lymphedema deal with body image issues, as well. I hear it all the time in the people I work with, as well as the stories I read from those living with lymphedema: people at war with their bodies and in turn at war with their souls. Endlessly trying to gain value and worth through the image we have of our bodies. Lymphedema does take its emotional toll. Continue reading
HELP! I CAN’T TOLERATE MY COMPRESSION STOCKINGS
Do you have patients who cannot tolerate compression stockings? Possibly, they feel claustrophobic or trapped in their compression? Their skin may just be too sensitive, therefore the compression garment drives them a bit crazy. Have you ever had this experience? Has your patient ever complained to you about their compression in this way? If so, I just might have a comfortable solution for you and your patients, EdemaWear: a mild compression stockinette with a special weave and levels of compression ranging from 15-20 mmHg. Continue reading
WHY THE COMPRESSION CLOSET?
I had the privilege recently to participate in an educational workshop put on by Lymphedema Seminars. This organization provides continuing education seminars for lymphedema therapists. Karen Ashforth, a lymphedema therapist that I’ve worked with for several years, was one of the presenters. Part of her presentation included companies she worked with and why she worked with them. I’m happy to report The Compression Closet was listed as one of those companies. Karen shared with me why she chose The Compression Closet and what set us apart from other companies. I’d like to share some of her thoughts with you if I may. Continue reading
ARE YOU READY TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE?
Would you like a fighter in your corner? Someone to cheer you on, someone who has been where you’ve been before? Are you ready to accept the challenge of taking charge of your own health? Taking small positive steps to create amazing change? As Brandon Gore said, “small tweaks lead to great peaks.” Let me introduce you to Amy Rivera. You might know Amy through her foundation Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema.
AGAINST ALL ODDS!
Amy Rivera was born with an incurable disease called lymphedema that left her immensely disfigured. In spite of that, she developed an activist mindset as she feverishly fought to better her own quality of life. Through medicine, nutrition, fitness, and faith she was able to accomplish this goal. Against all odds, her journey led her to one of the few who before had accomplished the seemingly impossible. Although she was not able to cure her disease, she was able to reverse it – going from the worst known severity of the disease, to being able to manage it with minimal maintenance. Continue reading