Muscle Pumps

Written by Diane Sievert
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Muscle pumps can be quite effective in the treatment of swelling due to the condition lymphedema. Though the pump by itself may not be enough to cure the problem, it can definitely help reduce the swelling. If you suffer from chronic lymphedema and would like an option other than going in for manual lymph drainage massages, you should consider muscle pumps.

A Guide to Using Muscle Pumps

If you have an area that's become swollen due to lymphedema, the first step most therapists would have you take is getting manual lymph drainage. Manual lymph drainage is a massage performed on the affected area in order to reduce swelling. The therapist will rhythmically massage particular muscles in order to redirect the fluid to properly functioning lymph nodes.

While muscle pumps shouldn't take the place of manual lymph drainage, they can be used in conjunction with it to treat lymphedema. If you've been going in for a lymphatic massage every day, using a muscle pump at home might allow you to make those trips less frequent. You could start going in every other day and using the muscle pump at home on the days you don't get the lymphatic massage.

Muscle pumps are also quite useful when it comes to lymphedema management. If you have a chronic case of lymphedema, you should probably wear compression garments and do remedial exercises on a daily basis. Adding the use of a muscle pump to that daily routine will further enhance your chances at avoiding another unfortunate case of swelling.


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