What Is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is categorized as a swelling condition that typically occurs in the upper or lower extremities, due to an excessive buildup of lymph fluid.
Your lymphatic system is part of your circulatory system, and it is a network of vessels that carry lymph fluid towards the heart. The lymphatic system is an essential part of your immune and circulatory systems, so when it is not working properly, lymphedema can occur.
How Can A lymphatic Pump Help?
Lymphatic pumps are compression sleeves or stocks that gently squeeze the limb to remove the lymphatic fluid. This gentle compression and vibration mimics the body’s natural circulatory system. This allows the affected area to regain motion and decrease swelling. This treatment can be life saving! If left untreated, a build of lymphatic fluid can lead to sepsis and other numerous harmful health risk. In addition to these the lymphatic pump can:
- Reduce pain
- Allow the lymphatic process to continue
- Promotes healthy circulation
- Boost the antibody response
Lymphatic pumps can be used on one limb, two, or even in some case a more full body sleeve depending on the need of the patient.
At Biosport Physical Therapy in Modesto, your physical therapist will design a customized treatment plan to treat your specific case of lymphedema. This plan will be dependent upon your physical evaluation, health history, and the severity of your symptoms. For lymphatic treatment plans, the focus will be put strongly on manual therapy and light exercises for pain relief.
Ready To Add A Lymphatic Pump To Your PT Sessions?
If you are in Modesto and have an injury or health condition that is limiting you from living your life the way you want, start with requesting an appointment with Biosport Physical Therapy.
There are several benefits to the lymphatic pump. It can boost your circulation, help with respiratory issues, and even the autoimmune response. It is also used to speed up the recovery time of certain injuries and ailments, in addition to reducing symptoms.