Lymphedema is a complex and uncomfortable disease that, essentially, results in fluid retention around the extremities in sufferers. This fluid retention causes painful swelling and can even result in limb deformation and potentially deadly infections. Also, because the causes of lymphedema aren’t completely understood, it can be difficult to treat effectively and symptoms will typically progress over the patient’s lifetime. Luckily, there are a few products that are able to help patients to alleviate some of the worst symptoms such as swelling and tightness.
The concept behind lymphedema relief is to treat the fluid buildup. To do this, a variety of techniques involving graduated or constant pressure are used to force excess fluid out of tissue and back into circulation where it can be cleaned by the body. Primarily, this involves a compression wrap, which is similar to the wraps you see on sprain patients, and a lymphedema pump. These two devices work in tandem, each tackling a separate part of the problem.
Compression wraps are very useful in lymphedema therapy because they help the body to work more efficiently. The pressure provided by these wraps will create a rigid structure against which the lymph veins can push. This helps the veins to work more efficiently and to enable positive fluid evacuation from the affected areas. Unfortunately, many patients find that the compression wraps do not totally relieve their symptoms, and this is where lymphedema pumps come in. These pumps are specialized equipment that work with an inflatable sleeve to apply pressure to the areas that are most affected by lymphedema and fluid buildup.
Lymphedema pumps work by applying constant, graduated pressure to an area and then releasing that pressure. This positive-negative pressure cycle helps to simulate the natural flow of blood in the body, and helps to expel fluid from tissues. By doing so, the lymph fluid can circulate in the body properly, where it can be cleaned from the blood without settling into tissues and muscles. Further benefits of lymphedema pumps are that these pumps can help to soften the tissues most often affected by lymphedema and it is this softening effect that promotes natural fluid drainage and circulation.
When used in tandem, compression wraps and lymphedema pumps offer an effective therapy to some of the most unpleasant lymphedema symptoms. And while there is currently no cure for lymphedema, a lymphedema pump is often an essential aspect of patient therapy that helps them to live happier and more comfortable lives.