What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema refers to the abnormal swelling or the body most commonly in one or both are or legs.
What causes Lymphedema?
Lymphedema occurs when your lymph system is unable to adequately drain lymph fluid.
How do we treat it?
Complete decongestive therapy is a specialized technique used by a certified lymphedema specialist. During this, the therapist re-routes the lymph fluid to help flush the congested area. This can be done with manual lymph drainage (massage) and/or using wrapping materials like bandages and padding. Once swelling is reduced, a compression garment such as a sock or sleeve is worn consistently to prevent the area form re-swelling.
What is Blood Flor Restriction (BFR) rehab?
BFR is the brief and intermittent occlusion of veins blood flow using a tourniquet while exercising.
Why would you use BFR?
Using this technique, you can exercise with significantly less weight and for a lesser period of time, while still creating a growth and strength response in your muscles. BFR increases the process of muscle growth. This is due to an increase in growth hormones and protein synthesis via blood flow reduction.
What to expect during a BFR visit?
During BFR rehab and training, a process similar to heavy weight training is undergone. This means your muscles will tire as well as feel pressure from the blood flow restriction. To engage in BFR rehab, a tourniquet will be worn over clothing or over a cotton sleeve we provide and the BFR machine will tighten around the proper muscle group, whether that be on your arm or leg. The Physical Therapist will then instruct you to engage in an exercise throughout intermittent intervals.