Fort Collins Swelling, (or edema) usually comes in two varieties. The first variety is often caused by trauma, and the other, is caused be some dysfunction within your body (defined as inflammation). With either variety, it is important to know that you don't have to sit around with the discomfort. There may be options for reducing your healing time. Swelling is one of our therapist specialties.
No matter what the cause, most swelling and inflammation are due to a temporary burden, or overload, beyond the transportation capacity of your body's fluid system, otherwise known as your lymphatic system.
Lymph Drainage Therapy has been scientifically shown to “increase a body’s ‘body-liquid’ circulation (lymphatic transport) capacity after application.” (1) Your healing and recovery time may be reduced along with “some kinds of chronic pain.” (1) With inflammation, long term prevention and care may often require additional healthy lifestyle changes.
Often Fort Collins swelling reduces with just one 30 minute session of gentle touch Lymph Drainage Therapy. The average person will experience a significant improvement after four to eight 30 minute sessions depending on the cause and severity of their swelling. Additional techniques such as Myofascial Release or Kinesio taping may be applied in the management of your edema. If your inflammation or swelling is due to infection or toxin, essential oil applications may aid in the purification of your system. Those experiencing long term swelling issues, we encourage you to work with a medical professional such as a naturopath, nutritionist, functional medicine specialist etc.
Remember, Fort Collins swelling or edema is caused by a buildup of excess fluid in the tissues such as organs, joints or other parts of your body. It may occur in one part of your body (localized) or all over (generalized).
Here are some types of swelling LymphWorks, may assist you with:
Swelling of the hand or fingers after a wrist strain can be aided by Lymph Drainage Therapy.
Common causes of swelling (trauma, injury or overuse):
Inflammation is considered swelling along with the other characteristics of pain, heat, redness and loss of function. This type of swelling is often caused by the body not circulating fluid well, toxicity, infection, and/or disease. Chronic Inflammation is said to be the cause of all degenerative disease. Although slight swelling and inflammation may be difficult to detect to the untrained eye, chances are if you are experiencing one of the following... you have inflammation.
Common causes of Inflammation:
Note: Any type of swelling symptom or inflammatory health issues needs prompt professional medical diagnosis and advice.
Note: Swelling due to impaired organ function of the heart, kidneys, liver or chronic venous insufficiency may also be helped by LDT. Ensure the condition is under medical control and consult your physician before beginning a program.
Note: If your lymphatic system has been impaired due to the removal of lymph nodes, radiation therapy or genetics, you are at risk for a different type of swelling called Lymphedema. Lymphedema requires additional specialized care.
(1) Chikly, Bruno, http://chiklyinstitute.org/ldt/applications.htm, Chikly Health Institute, 2009.