Unfortunately, the longer the fluid sits immobile in a leg or arm, the more the limphatic channels are stretched. This only leads to the channels filling faster with fluid each time a person stands up. Since the fluid isn’t moving it will also become oxygen starved and rancid which is why it’s so prone to infections.
Most patients will need to be cleared by a doctor to begin exercising as there are some dangers that need to be addressed by a medical proffessional. After that swimming seems to be the best all around activity since the person spends most of their time in the horizontal position and there is almost no impact to the body.
The motions of exercise help to pump the lymphatic fluid back into the rest of the body and reduces the swelling in the limbs. The other, second best exercise, is the recombent exercise bike. This is good since it’s done in more of a horizontal position and uses the legs predominantly. The legs are the most common place in the body to experience lymphedema. Again, the pumping action helps to circulate the fluid which keeps it fresh, oxygenated, and moving rather than stagnating.
Regular massages by a trained theraputic massuse is recommended as often as possible. This helps to keep the fluids flowing and prevent accumulation in different ways than what exercise can accomplish. It should be combined with exercise whenever possible.
What Is Lymphedema And How It Can Be Treated By CBD Oil
There Are Special Oils That Can Help To Reduce The Swelling
Hemp oil, sometimes refered to as CBD oil, has been shown to reduce swelling in those with edema, lymphedema and other types of inflammation as well. Inflammation is the human body’s reaction to injury and also infections caused by bacteria or viruses.
However, many times inflammation gets out of control and actually becomes the problem rather than the solution. Cannabis oil has been found to be effective as a treatment for many kinds of inflammation related diseases including edema and lymphedema.
The oil of cannabis, called CBD oil, is very low in the THC that gives people the high that they smoke the herb for. But it does have amazing properties when it comes to inflammation. It’s been shown to help reduce the development of atherosclerosis, which is a major factor in heart disease, and strokes.
CBD has also been used effectively to help reduce airway inflammation of the lungs when caused by bacteria and viruses. And to reduce swelling of joints that have been injured or that have arthritis.
It’s thought the CBD works by inhibiting certain fatty acids that tend to concentrate in any inflammed areas of the body. The CBD oil can be massaged directly onto joints and inflammed or swollen leg areas multiple times per day with no harmful effects noted.
If using CBD oil on your lymphedema is of interest to you, you can consult with a doctor to learn the best ways to apply and how often is recommended. There are very few side effects reported so it should be as easy as enlisting a trained massuse and letting them do the job as they know how. While this type of treatment is still experimental, it has worked in research on a variety of swelling problems including edema.