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leg_exercises [2012/01/10 07:23]
Pat O'Connor [About Lymphedema People]
leg_exercises [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 (6.) Simple Squats: Stand up straight, and use a squatting motion to bend your legs until they are parallel to the floor. Keep your back straight and keep looking up. Do not bend you knees over your toes. Rather, keep your buttocks as far back as you can, and do not lean forward. Stretch your hands when your legs are parallel to the floor to keep your balance. Hold for 3-5 seconds. Repeat 10-30 times. ​ (6.) Simple Squats: Stand up straight, and use a squatting motion to bend your legs until they are parallel to the floor. Keep your back straight and keep looking up. Do not bend you knees over your toes. Rather, keep your buttocks as far back as you can, and do not lean forward. Stretch your hands when your legs are parallel to the floor to keep your balance. Hold for 3-5 seconds. Repeat 10-30 times. ​
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 +======Tips to Consider for Leg Lymphedema Exercise====== ​
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 +Both light exercise and aerobic exercise (physical activity that causes the heart and lungs to work harder) help the lymph vessels move lymph out of the affected limb and decrease swelling.
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 +Talk with a certified lymphedema therapist before beginning exercise.
 +Patients who have lymphedema or who are at risk for lymphedema should talk with a certified lymphedema therapist before beginning an exercise routine. (See the Lymphology Association of North America Web site for a list of certified lymphedema therapists in the United States.)
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 +Wear a pressure garment if lymphedema has developed.
 +Patients who have lymphedema should wear a well-fitting pressure garment during all exercise that uses the affected limb or body part.
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 +When it is not known for sure if a woman has lymphedema, upper-body exercise without a garment may be more helpful than no exercise at all. Patients who do not have lymphedema do not need to wear a pressure garment during exercise.
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 +Breast cancer survivors should begin with light upper-body exercise and increase it slowly.
 +Some studies with breast cancer survivors show that upper-body exercise is safe in women who have lymphedema or who are at risk for lymphedema. Weight-lifting that is slowly increased may keep lymphedema from getting worse. Exercise should start at a very low level, increase slowly over time, and be overseen by the lymphedema therapist. If exercise is stopped for a week or longer, it should be started again at a low level and increased slowly.
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 +If symptoms (such as swelling or heaviness in the limb) change or increase for a week or longer, talk with the lymphedema therapist. It is likely that exercising at a low level and slowly increasing it again over time is better for the affected limb than stopping the exercise completely.
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 +More studies are needed to find out if weight-lifting is safe for cancer survivors with lymphedema in the legs.
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 +[[http://​www.cancer.gov/​cancertopics/​pdq/​supportivecare/​lymphedema/​Patient/​page3#​Keypoint19|Treatment of Lymphedema]] National Cancer Institute
  
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