Lipoedema is a condition that makes you accumulate fat below waist, often giving you hips, buttocks and legs that are out of proportion with your upper body. It can also affect your arms.
One of the most frustrating things about lipoedema is that the vast majority of doctors and nurses aren’t trained to recognize lipoedema, and so many women go their whole lives without obtaining a diagnosis.
Do you suffer from the following?
- Excess weight on your legs
- Heaviness and discomfort of the legs
- Your upper body and lower body are completely different sizes making clothes shopping very difficult
- You have a small waist, but large hips and thighs
- Your excess weight does not include your feet or hands
- You can lose weight from your upper body but not your lower
- Your lower body bruises easily
- Some members of your family are or were a similar
The following treatments are recommended to help manage lipoedema and preventing new problems such as Lymphoedema and varicose veins developing.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
MLD is a specific type of gentle massage that is used to stimulate lymphatic flow thus helping reduce oedema (fluid build up). It is also useful to reduce plain and discomfort, it is most effective when combined with other treatments such as compression bandaging and/or compression garments.
Specially made support socks, stockings, tights or garments. Wearing compression hosiery is the single most effective way of slowing down or preventing worsening symptoms. Compression garments encourage the flow of blood and lymph fluid within the lymphatic system which helps prevent fluid retention/oedema in the tissues and onset of Lymphoedema. In addition fluid within the tissues is encouraged to move towards the root of the limb, where it can be drained away more easily. Therefore wearing compression garments will hopefully stop the progression of Lipoedema into Lipo-lymphoedema.
Compression therapy may also reduce the level of pain and discomfort often experienced in the limbs by supporting soft tissues and painful knee joints. In addition, they provide support to the loose connective tissues and help improve appearance, streamline and redefine the shape of the limbs.
We provide an in house service for compression garments.
For more information advice or treatment make an appointment or call (02) 8001 6393