Specializing in Products for Lymphatic/

Vascular Disorders, and Soft Tissue Injuries

Management and Treatment Program for Lymphedema

Accredited by the Joint Commission On

Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

1.800.876.3563

559 High Street, Suite #1
Pottstown, PA 19464
Fax:1.800.908.3554

Our Mission is to enrich the lives of our patients by treating and restoring hope for those living with lymphedema.  We strive to improve the lives of people we touch by understanding their condition. We don't see ourselves as providers of equipment, but as providers of a solution to a problem. That is what we focus on, getting the patient better.

 

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 Advanced Rehab Technologies, Inc. has provided Durable Medical Equipment for over 21+ years. During this time we have provided specialty equipment to over 5000 patients, equipment to hospitals and clinics. We are accredited by JCAHO, the Joint Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Our highly valued reputation is for assisting medical professionals with the most difficult to treat patients and complicated cases when other companies can't help. We specialize in products that treat Lymphedema, Vascular Disorders and Soft Tissue injuries.

 

Lymphedema can not be cured; but with the right Equipment and Treatment Plan; it can be Effectively Managed.

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Tip of the Week:

 

Patients who have developed lymphedema can and should be active. Over the years, after thousands of patient, we have seen that it is very easy to fall into a sedimentary lifestyle. The more you sit around the bigger you will get. Those who never exercised before should consider starting that daily walk, swim or spending twenty minutes on a stationary bicycle. The right type of physical activity helps to reduce the swelling by improving the flow of lymph, and presents a vital tool for patients to stay in shape and continue with normal activities of daily living.

 

Many patients ask if they can continue their pre-lymphedema activities, or if they should adjust, or replace them. The answer to that question depends on the kind of activity. Tennis or golf for example does not rank very high on the list of beneficial activities for individuals with upper extremity lymphedema. For patients with lymphedema of the leg, activities that damage the leg should be avoided. Any activity that can cause a break in the skin should stopped.

Wearing your compression garment during these physical activities in important. Along with an exercise regimen does not cause discomfort or pain. It is fine to continue with these activities.

 

However, if the affected limb hurts, feels strained, or increases in volume during and after the activity, the patient should adjust as necessary and consult with their lymphedema therapist or physician. The keywords here are caution and moderation; gradual progression is imperative while trying to accomplish an improved return of lymphatic fluid without adding further stress to an impaired lymphatic system.

 

Aerobic conditioning is generally performed in a repetitive fashion using large muscle groups. Some long-term benefits include decrease in resting heart rate, improved muscular strength, weight control and increased return of venous and lymphatic fluids.

It is important to understand that certain aerobic exercises and recreational activities could trigger an increase in swelling, or contain higher risks of injury. Ideally, such high-risk activities should be avoided by patients suffering from lymphedema. Examples of these high-risk activities include soccer, kick-boxing or step-aerobics for lower extremity lymphedema, and tennis/racquet or golf for lymphedema affecting the arms.

 

Beneficial activities for upper and lower extremity lymphedema include (but are not limited to):

Swimming/water aerobics – with the body weight reduced by about 90% in chest-deep water, exercises performed in the water improves mobility and enhances strength and muscle tone. In addition, the pressure exerted by the water on the body surface contributes to lymphatic and venous return. Hot water (temperature above 94 degrees F) usually found in hot tubs and Jacuzzis must be avoided. High water temperature definitely has a negative impact on lymphedema

 

Walking – a 20-minute walk outdoors, or on a treadmill (10-15 minutes, slow walking speed) while wearing the compression garment, will stimulate the circulatory system and contribute greatly to the individual’s general well-being. Key points: walk with a normal gait; do not drag the affected leg and avoid limping

 

Easy Biking – 25-20 minutes either outdoors or at the gym, using a comfortable and wide saddle. Legs are placed in a higher position on recumbent bikes, which makes them a better choice for individuals affected by lower extremity lymphedema

 

Yoga – the combination of stretching, deep breathing, relaxation and the positive impact on the venous and lymphatic return, makes yoga a perfect choice of exercise. Strenuous yoga practices should be avoided, and if certain poses seem uncomfortable, they should be altered, or skipped. Many cancer centers and support groups have contacts for yoga classes specifically tailored to cancer survivors and lymphedema patient

 

In general, exercises and activities should always be performed with the compression garment in place; intensity and duration of any exercise should be gradually increased; movements that over-strain, cause discomfort or pain should be avoided, and the extremity should be carefully monitored for any changes in size or shape.

 

 

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