Lymphedema management requires that proper diet, nutrition and exercise are integral in maintaining edema reduction.
Diets high in salt, fat and preservatives may cause an new onset of lymphedema. Diagnostic testing, including an oxygen uptake test, is performed to test the metabolic rate and monitor the caloric intake, this helps to determine a proper diet and nutrition plan as well as monitor patient compliance.
Range of Motion Exercises (ROM) in moving lymphatic fluid. These exercises, along with wearing your compression, allow your muscles to assist in pushing the fluid up and out of your limb. Your therapist will provide you with the correct exercises for your treatment plan. We recommend you do not start any exercise program without consulting your physician or therapist first.