Welcome to 2021!
With the heat and humidity cranking it up, you may find your lower legs are starting to swell or you are feeling “uncomfortable” in you abdomen. Think deep belly breathing regularly throughout the day to “move that lymph”, keep yourself as cool as possible, keep hydrated and where possible do some safe swimming to add to the lymphatic movement. Being in the water will also give you a compression boost and help stimulate that lymphatic return. You can also pop your feet up the wall to help drain or elevate your feet by lying down and popping your feet up by using a pillow or two. This is a good trick for night-time sleeping to elevate those feet. I sometimes pop a pillow under the mattress so my feet are up but I don’t slide off the pillow!
For those of us that wear compression garments, remember you can
- Pop them in the fridge so nice and cool to pop on in the morning
- Carry a spray bottle of cold water to spray on your garments to keep your limb cool
- Wear your garments in the pool or sea for some more squeeze. Just be mindful of chlorine and sand!
- Have a cool shower before you go to bed
It isn’t easy wearing your garments in the heat however this does actually help with maintaining the swelling. Just do your best and remember tomorrow is another day and we can start anew!
I am managing my leg lymphoedema by keeping cool by staying close to our home pool (many, many swims) or you may find me hogging the fan in the Clinic!
Any questions on self management, pop me an email or talk to me about options at your next appointment.
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November 6, 2022
Oh my! It’s November already and the race is on towards Christmas. With the hint of the heat to come over the past week, a reminder to keep up your deep belly breaths, wear your garments (remember the hints of keeping them cool in the fridge and having a spray bottle of cool water handy) […] More...
Taking a break!
September 24, 2022
I am away on a break from Thursday the 29th of September and back in the Clinic on Tuesday the 18th of October. I have also updated availability for online bookings through to February 2023 (how crazy is that?) – If you want to forward book your favoured time then drop me an email email@example.com […] More...
Lipoedema Australia Conference 2022
June 18, 2022
A bit of a post day #1 Lipoedema Australia Conference ramble for y’all. Day 2 starts shortly 😀 How awesome is Dr Karen Herbst? We had over 3 hours with her and that was still not enough! Dr Herbst ratified that her findings and some new papers released this week (links to be provided) supported […] More...
Post Covid-19 Symptoms and Lymphatic Treatments
April 3, 2022
This past week, I have starting seeing clients who have been recovering from Covid-19 with lymphatic treatments. A general treatment will cover not only the general areas but those intercostal pathways. Interestingly enough, Dr Jan Douglass our Vodder trainer in Australia is documenting the results of Dr Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and is setting […] More...
Autumn / Winter Update
March 6, 2022
How you doing out there? My latest update is out with news on new hours plus some great links for Lymphoedema Awareness in March. Want to know more? Then Read Me More...
Summer and maintaining your lymphatic wellbeing
January 13, 2021
Welcome to 2021! With the heat and humidity cranking it up, you may find your lower legs are starting to swell or you are feeling “uncomfortable” in you abdomen. Think deep belly breathing regularly throughout the day to “move that lymph”, keep yourself as cool as possible, keep hydrated and where possible do some safe […] More...
Want to know more about the lymphatic system and the benefits of lymphatic massage aka MLD?
July 14, 2020
This fun but informative YouTube Clip by Shannon Goins, CLT who is a US based Lymphatic Practitioner just made this available. I think it rocks but would love to know what you think. This video shows you: What the lymphatic system is How the lymphatic system does its job How the lymphatic system can get […] More...
Head and Neck Lymphoedema Management
November 28, 2019
I am absolutely delighted to announce I have completed with the Klose School for Lymphoedema Management a wonderful course on Head and Neck for post surgery / radiation therapy.This course identified surgical and radiation therapy effects that lead to secondary lymphoedema for the head and neck. It also provided instruction in compression therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) techniques for the head and neck and discussed therapy for trismus and shoulder dysfunction. More...