Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Rebounding resumed

I have resumed jumping on my trampoline. In fact, I started jumping again a while before the trip. My physio therapist thought that I should stop because she thought it was a rather stiff motion for the foot and ankle, and it may well be but I am convinced that it is essential that the lymph fluid gets exercised in order to not get "stuck" and and irreversible and thus the tissue getting hard. If that happens, it is for good. 

When I started to jump a long time ago (see here), my leg was rather hard, but after a period of rebounding several times a day it went quite soft and even a little bit smaller. It probably means that it was still reversible, and it is because bandaging still helps, but I strongly believe that activities where gravity is involved are worth gold.


My problem area is the area around the ankle. When I go to bed at night and remove the
compression stocking the tissue is hard and built up, though less when I have been wearing the stocking with the sewn-in pads. I am terrified of the tissue getting hard and stuck. I will have to do more to bring the size of my foot and leg down in case it should "get stuck".

I read many places that rebounding is good for the lymphatic system. Any other "jumpers" out there?

6 comments:

  1. I try and exercise as much as I can, and not keep still. Bouncing is good. I am older with arthritis and too much walking is too painful now, but little trampoline keeps me going when the weather is not good. My problem is cellulites so I feel that good exercise makes the lymph keep travelling. I imagine the bad bugs being washed away so I don't need to take those antibiotics (again).

    As well as primary lymphoedema I have recently been diagnosed with May Thurmer Syndrome in left leg, which is where the lymphoedema is. Just my luck!! Perhaps if it had been diagnosed earlier like 50 years ago....oh well no use complaining.

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  2. I love the idea of the trampoline too, but wondered if I could go to a sport centre or somewhere to do it. I have secondary lymphodema in my leg and initially found it very difficult to deal, but thanks to your site with loads of ideas I am slowly getting use to the idea and how to cope. Apart from the compression stocking, I also went swimming, which has made a massive difference. I initially was worried people would stare at my leg, but nobody battered a eyelid! And it was wonderful as my leg felt completely free and not as heavy which was bliss. Not only that it has helped to reduce the leg. I normally go 2-3 times a week and notice that if I can't get to go for about a week, my leg feels swollen, until I get back in the pool. Combining with your trampoline idea, I also 'bounce' along in the pool. Just at the shallow end I jump along towards the deeper end until I can no longer touch the bottom. Have you tried swimming or jumping in the pool?

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  3. Thank you so much for your kind words. They keep me blogging :-) It's fantastic that swimming has made such a difference for you, actually I'm a little taken aback by that! Last year on my trip to SE Asia there was a pool in my Bangkok hotel and how wonderful it was to swim again - like you say, the leg felt free. All of me feeling free. I've been meaning to go swimming for a very long time but have put it off, partly due to being terrified of people seeing my leg and me struggling to get the stocking on and of. I do want to go, must try to go soon. Bouncing in the pool sounds like a great idea as you get the fluid moving and at the same time you have the water puttting pressure on your leg. I haven't been using my trampoline for a while, sometimes all this jumping, pumping, wrapping, draining, greasing etc. just gets too much, don't they. I do believe rebounding is very good for our lymphathic systems though, so must get back in the drill ;-)
    Warm regards,
    Liz

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    1. Liz, I have Secondary Lymp in both legs and am obese as well,so pants are a nightmare to obtain. As far as the swimming that is the only excercise my therapists recommends and then only with wearing some kind of compression. I have Circaaids for lower legs and just cheap compression pants for upper thigh and trunk. The white pants make me look like the Michelin Tire guy with the full bandages under them. Real attractive. I'm beginning next week and can hopefully find a time that is not real busy, but I still have to get over this embarrasment if I am ever to educate anyone about this horrible disease and hopefully save someone else from this life sentence, by detecting it earlier. For shoes I have found that the diabetic shoes in mens sizes and 4E wide work for me and bandages, not pretty but they are comfortable. Brands I like are Saucony and Prophet

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    2. Hello Gina,
      I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Good to hear you have taken matters into your own hands - you will see results. I too want to go swimming but keep postponing it due to embarrasment. As you say, must find a quiet time there with few people. I think swimming is supposed to be really good for us because we can excercise while we have the pressure from the water. It's been over a year since I went swimming, how I loved it. Next month I will be going to a Lymphedema patient seminar in a hotel with a pool, will surely make use of it :-)
      Thanks for the tip about shoes, I will check them out.
      Warm regards,
      Liz

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