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. 
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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. This is also true after surgery.  We swell as part of the inflammatory response – and it is normal.

Other times, swelling is persistent and is caused by problems in our bodies like defective valves in our veins.  Defective valves allow blood to fall backwards towards the feet instead of continually moving toward the heart like it should. Pregnancy causes this to happen as well because the baby pushes on the major veins in the abdomen making it harder for blood to return to the heart.

As a result of this blood pooling in the veins of the legs, more fluid is pushed out into the tissues.  We observe this on the outside of the body as swelling.  

There is Help for Your Swelling

Pain & Swelling Solutions has the answers you need to help you resolve your swelling problem, whether it is from surgery, faulty veins, or other cause.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage - Open Terminals- lymphatic drainage therapy - Completed Decongestive Therapy (CDT) Breast Health & Healing Therapy - Blood constituents diagram - PEMF for Lymphocyte Production - oncology massage Albuquerque - Is manual lymphatic drainage the same as lymphatic massage? - manual lymphatic drainage vs electro-lymphatic therapy - Albuquerque There is no getting around the fact that it takes time to heal, but healing can happen quicker. The two most important things to speed healing and prevent lumps and bumps are Compression Garments and Lymphatic Massage.
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 (commonly called “Lymphatic Massage,” 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 which usually have little to no effect.

Additionally, compression, cupping, or bandaging can reduce swelling and help keep it at bay long-term.  These options are all discussed in your first appointment at Pain & Swelling Solutions.

Recover Faster. 
Feel Better Today.

Pain & Swelling Solutions
135 Madison St NE   Albuquerque
Shannon Goins, Certified Lymphedema Therapist - Pain & Swelling Solutions, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Certified Cupping Therapist
Shannon Goins
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Terapeuta linfática certificada

Recuperarse más rápido.
Sentirse mejor hoy.

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Recover Faster. 
Feel Better Today.

Shannon Goins, Certified Lymphedema Therapist - Pain & Swelling Solutions, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Certified Cupping Therapist
Shannon Goins
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Terapeuta linfática certificada

Recuperarse más rápido.
Sentirse mejor hoy.

Doy la bienvenida a los clientes
que hablan español.

Si no habla inglés, envíeme un mensaje de texto o correo electrónico en español.

¡No hablo mucho español, pero estoy aprendiendo!

Puedo comunicarme contigo usando el traductor de google. Muchos de mis clientes no hablan inglés y no tengo problemas para comunicarme con ellos.

Pain & Swelling Solutions
135 Madison St NE   Albuquerque

Lymphatic Drainage (Lymphatic Massage)

Lymphatic Drainage is an all-natural, non-invasive, and pleasant method that provides significant swelling relief.  There are two types of Lymphatic Drainage offered at Pain & Swelling Solutions:  Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Electro-Lymphatic Therapy.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Lymphatic Massage) Albuquerque
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Lymphatic Massage)
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.

The heart pumps the fluid (now part of the blood) through the liver to remove waste and then to the kidneys so that we pee it out.

Electro-Lymphatic Therapy Albuquerque
Electro-Lymphatic Therapy
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.

Essentially, it changes the viscosity (thickness) of lymph to be more like water and less like jello or honey.  Thinner lymphatic fluid moves through the lymphatic vessels more easily, allowing for better drainage of tissues.

Cupping

Cupping is an outstanding way to move fluid in the body and reduce swelling. 

Although it is commonly used to relax stiff muscles, there is a method of cupping that keeps the cups in motion and moves lymphatic fluid very effectively.

Lymphatic cupping can be done by hand with cups like you see in the picture here, or it can be done with a cupping machine.  Both are painless, relaxing, and highly effective.

cupping to move lymphatic fluid - Cupping Therapy Albuquerque

Compression

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 Knee-High Socks by Sigvaris
Compression Knee-High Socks by Sigvaris
Print Arm Sleeve by Juzo
Print Arm Sleeve by Juzo

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.

Compression Bandaging

Compression 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.  It is often used during a session and then removed to quickly reduce the swelling in an area, but it can be done for the person to wear home in more serious cases such as lymphedema.

Compression Bandaging

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.

Whatever type of swelling you have,
Pain & Swelling Solutions is here to help.

Give us a call today!

Recover Faster.  Feel Better Today.

Pain & Swelling Solutions
505-554-5185

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