Six Steps to Better Blood Flow

Proper exercise can help people with lymphedema or edema.Sitting and standing for long periods are bad for your body. It is always better to lie down with your legs raised or walk briskly if you can. Movements like walking cycling and swimming get your blood going.

Where sitting or standing cannot be avoided activate your “ muscle pump.” Move your feet up & down with a pumping motion.

Keep your feet higher than your heart. Take the load off your leg veins by frequently elevating your legs. Prop up the foot of your bed by six inches or place cushions under the mattress.

Avoid excessive heat! Avoid hot baths and never let your legs get sunburned. Avoid hot baths. Daily cool leg showers can be helpful

Fight Obesity! Excessive weight is a burden on your heart, your arteries and your veins. Eat the right kinds of foods and eat less.

Apply your medical compression stockings regularly each morning. Make sure you are wearing true medical compression not so called “support stockings” which are generally inadequate support for your legs & veins.

 John Wellum, CPD

*Important: We are smarter than to try to practice medicine without a license! The information presented on this site is for informational purposes only. New medical information is available weekly - so check with your doctor and therapist before making any changes to your treatment!

 

 

 

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