Information on Lymphedema

Please take a moment to review The Compression Closet articles below to learn more about lymphedema.

 

Information

Lymphedema Treatment

lymphedema therapistI FOUND MY LYMPHEDEMA THERAPIST – NOW WHAT?

As I discussed in my last post, sometimes it is difficult to find a lymphedema therapist. However, once you have found a therapist, what exactly can you expect from your lymphedema treatment program? Of course, all therapists are individuals and not all therapists practice the same way. However, there are a few things to look for to ensure you are getting good lymphedema therapy. Continue reading

FINDING A LYMPHEDEMA THERAPIST

A LYMPHEDEMA THERAPIST

Finding a lymphedema therapistSometimes it can be a real challenge finding a lymphedema therapist, and possibly even harder to find a really good one. Fortunately, there are resources out there to help you in your pursuit to find a therapist. But, what qualifies a medical professional to treat lymphedema? When you do find a qualified professional to treat lymphedema, how do you know if you’ve found a good one? What should you be looking for? Continue reading

Simplifying Compression for Lymphedema

THE CONFUSION OF PURCHASING COMPRESSION GARMENTS

 

lymphedemaPurchasing compression garments can be very confusing and a bit overwhelming at times. Should you choose custom or over-the-counter stockings? How about a compression wrap garment or a nighttime garment? Different compression levels, different lengths, open toe, closed toe, silicone band, and umpteen different manufacturers to choose from. Too many choices, too confusing – does it really need to be? We don’t think so! We decided simplifying compression for lymphedema would be one of our priorities. Continue reading

Compression Wraps For Lymphedema

BENEFITS OF COMPRESSION WRAPS FOR LYMPHEDEMACompression Wraps for Lymphedema

A  recent study of Adjustable Compression Wrap (ACW) garments concluded that compression wraps for lymphedema were not inferior to custom-made flat knit garments. Compression wrap garments proved they could be more advantageous in the maintenance phase of complex decongestive therapy (CDT) for lymphedema. The compression wraps prove easier to don and doff. They also showed a continuation of reduction in the limb whereas the flat knit stocking did not. Another advantage is the cost of ACW garments, can be significantly less money than a flat knit garment. Although compression wraps may not be for everyone, they are certainly worth considering. There are several compression wrap garments on the market today, so which wrap is the right wrap for you? Let’s take a look at some of the choices! Continue reading

Lymphedema and Self Care

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YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW

“Cancer is something you can get over; lymphedema is with you for the rest of your life!” This is something I would hear often when I worked with cancer patients at a durable medical supply store. There is an attitude and a hopelessness that sometimes goes along with lymphedema. However, there are ways to combat this feeling and this attitude. Don’t allow lymphedema to define you and your life. Get back up, keep going – for you are stronger than you know! Lymphedema does benefit from self care. Continue reading

Benefits of Nighttime Compression Garments

benefits of nighttime compression garmentsDON’T LOSE SLEEP OVER LYMPHEDEMA

Are you reaping the benefits of nighttime compression garments? Are you familiar with them and do you know how effective they can be in the management of lymphedema? Don’t lose sleep over lymphedema, treat your lymphedema while you sleep. Continue reading

Caring For Your Compression Stockings

PROTECTING YOUR COMPRESSION STOCKINGS

Gradient compression stockings are expensive – and to get the best, most effective use out of them it is important to care for them properly. Caring for your compression stockings by wearing donning gloves is one of the first things you can do to protect your investment

These gloves not only help you get your compression stockings on and off, but they also help protect the stockings from jewelry and sharp fingernails. Continue reading

NO Fear Return Policy!

NO FEAR RETURN POLICY

Are you hesitant to order online? I am, especially with items I have to wear. There was a time, a long time ago, when I could purchase a certain size and know that it was pretty much going to fit, with very little difficulty. But times have changed and so has my body, many parts have migrated south. I also think that standardization of sizing is a thing of the past. So yes, buying clothing or anything that I have to wear on the internet, without trying it on first – can be scary!! Fortunately, here at The Compression Closet, we have a no fear return policy. Continue reading

CAN EXERCISE BENEFIT LYMPHEDEMA?

MOVE YOUR BODY! MOVE YOUR LYMPH!

Can exercise benefit lymphedema? We know through research that  exercise helps move lymphatic fluid through our lymph system. Exercise and lymphedemaWhen we move our body, we move our lymph! The lymph system is designed to work with your muscles and your circulatory system to remove waste and clean your bodies systems. Therefore, when you move those muscles, you’re enabling your lymph system to function at a higher level. Even simple actions like rocking your foot back and forth can help improve lymphatic flow. Do you enjoy rocking in a rocking chair or taking a stroll through the park? Even simple movement moves lymph. So yes, exercise does benefit those dealing with lymphedema. Continue reading

The Right Gradient Compression Stockings?

Am I wearing the correct compression stockings?NO FEDERAL GUIDELINES

Did you know there are no governmental guidelines for gradient compression stockings! Are you wearing the right gradient compression stockings? Anyone can put the word “compression” on a pair of stockings? It is extremely important that you are buying your compression stockings from a reputable company and a reputable brand. Purchasing the wrong compression garments can create more problems than they ever solve, especially when dealing with lymphedema. Continue reading