Thursday, May 28, 2020

Relief For Swollen Limbs And Fluid Retention

Here are some simple steps you can take if you suffer from swollen limbs caused by fluid retention and/or poor circulation. These will also help you maximise the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage.

Drink enough water

  • Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. Drink eight glasses per day.
  • Drinking too little water can cause the body to keep a store water for emergencies – this manifests as swollen limbs and hands.

Take less salt

  • Having too much salt in your diet can also cause fluid retention. The body can only cope with a certain amount of sodium, after that it will hold water to try to dilute it.
  • Drinking more water will flush out of the kidneys the excess sodium.

Scrub yourself

  • Scrubbing yourself with a loofah sponge or a brush every time you shower will improve your circulation.
  • Start at the top of your thigh or upper arm, slowly scrubbing or brushing upwards. (This moves fluid up allowing the fluid below to take its place.) Do this over the whole arm or leg, finishing up at the hand or foot.

Petition For Massage Therapists To Be Recognised

Petition for the recognition of Massage Therapists by GPs and Health Insurers

Gill Tree has started a petition and writes,

“As therapists we know the value of the work we do and so do our clients. We deliver many thousands of treatments on a daily basis and work side by side with Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, and Chiropractors and other health professionals. Soft tissue therapists are employed by professional sports teams and athletes and are used by amateur athletes through out the country. The value of what we do was recognised by our inclusion in the medical services team at the 2012 Games and the demand for our services at major events throughout the country. As a profession we have raised the bar on education standards, we are developing a credible body of research and we are regulated both through our professional associations and the voluntary regulator CNHC. We cannot get the Private Health Insurers to take us seriously, most of whom are in denial about the fact that they all ready cover soft tissue work as long as it is delivered by physiotherapists. We cannot get referrals from GPs despite the fact that NICE guide lines on low back pain recommend soft tissue work. We cannot get support from the NHS despite the fact that many of those with soft injuries end up on our couches when all else has failed.”

The link is the following: