How to Get Swelling Relief
Reduce Your Swelling. Feel Better.
What is Swelling?
We all have had swelling at some time in our lives, whether it has been because we accidentally slammed our hand in a car door or stubbed our toe on a dresser. Some of us even have had surgery that caused significant swelling.
We know swelling when we see it,
but what is swelling actually?
Swelling is fluid that is stuck in our tissues. Sometimes it can be helpful, like when we break a bone and it helps to splint the area to prevent further damage.
Other times, swelling is persistent and is caused by problems in our bodies like defective veins.
There is Help for Your Swelling
Pain & Swelling Solutions has the answers you need to help you resolve your swelling problem.
Swelling can be reduced by improving the flow of the lymphatic system.
Our lymphatic system carries the excess fluid away from our tissues that causes swelling.
The techniques, known generally as Lymphatic Drainage, are not only painless, but they are relaxing and enjoyable.
Lymphatic Drainage is the most effective method of reducing swelling – much more effective than diuretics.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a technique that is done with the hands. It feels similar to a massage, but is actually quite different.
In MLD very light pressure is used to gently stretch the skin. Much of the lymphatic system lies just beneath the skin. This stretching helps encourage fluid to enter the lymphatic system as well as move the fluid along the lymphatic vessels and back to the heart where it enters the bloodstream.
Electro-Lymphatic Therapy (ELT) is another method for stimulating lymphatic flow.
ELT is also very relaxing. People often are surprised at the deep level of relaxation they get with this therapy.
ELT uses a specialized device which emits light and sound that interact with the protein molecules in lymphatic fluid causing it to flow more readily.
Compression is another method to help with swelling relief. Compression stockings or sleeves (for the arms) are effective at keeping swelling at bay following a Lymphatic Drainage session.
Compression has come a very long way in the last decade.
While the standard tan shades that don’t seem to match anyone’s skin color still exist, many vendors have branched out to provide fashionable options.
Pain & Swelling Solutions has several samples available and catalogs to help you find the style and compression level that suit you best.
Bandaging is a method used to reduce more severe cases of swelling. It is temporary and is used to bring about significant change in a very short period of time.
Compression bandaging is the quickest way to reduce severe swelling.
It uses special bandages called “short-stretch bandages.” Although they look like the familiar Ace style bandage, they are quite different. Ace bandages can be very dangerous to use when you have swelling because they can cause a tourniquet and worsen swelling.
Short-stretch bandages, by comparison allow for a specific amount of pressure to be applied. This type of bandage is safe to sleep in.
Once a person’s limb has reduced significantly they are transitioned over to special compression stockings or sleeves.