Posts Tagged ‘swelling’

Practice Yoga For Back Pain

By Asheesh Mani

Pregnancy is a joyful period for a couple; however, a nagging back pain can convert this blissful tenure into an uncomfortable experience. In recent times, yoga to relieve back pain has emerged as a popular option amongst pregnant women.

A pregnant woman can benefit immensely by practicing yoga. Some of the benefits include a boost to the energy level that is highly required during labor, respite from back problems, weight control that helps reduce pressure on the spine and of course, release of stress. Pregnancy yoga consists of very low-impact exercises that gently relax the muscles and improve blood circulation. In the long term, it prepares you for the final day when you require extra energy to deliver the little one. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Ankle Sprains – Successful Treatment Tips

By Barton Anderson

Ankle sprains can easily become chronic in nature if not treated correctly. Proper initial care can mean the difference between a single sprain, or a lifetime of ankle problems. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Dealing With Lymphedema

Written by Charlotte Dovey

When Linda Parton defeated breast cancer – twice – she thought it was the end of her problems. In fact, it was just the beginning.

For, as a result of poor post-operative care, she developed lymphoedema, an incurable and hugely debilitating condition which causes painful swelling.

Linda Parton

Still in Pain: Linda Parton

Lymphoedema is caused by an impaired lymphatic system and affects 100,000 people in the UK, 25,000 of them after breast cancer surgery. The others are largely due to injury to, or infection of, the lymph vessels.

The lymphatic system clears unwanted protein and water from the tissues via the lymph vessels throughout the body. Lymphoedema occurs when the system is faulty in some way: fluid doesn’t drain from the tissue, but builds up, causing swelling or oedema.

While not all breast cancer patients develop the condition, their chances of developing it are greater because the lymph nodes are often removed during treatment, potentially damaging the lymphatic system.

The problem can be triggered by something as simple as having your blood pressure taken, which is what happened in Linda’s case. Other traumas that can set off the condition include lifting something heavy, a skin infection, a cut or insect bite.

In the early stages, the swelling – which usually affects either the arms or legs (the areas next to the armpit and groin, where glands are found) – may be slight, but over time, and if left untreated, the area may harden.

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