The anti-Brexiters are all be-moaning the fact that we are committed to leave the EU, yet in the NHS, asking big-wigs in NHS England, etc. why we haven’t taken advantage of learning from European studies, they shrug their shoulders.
At Charing Cross Lymphoedema clinic I was interviewed by a bright young doctor, who mentioned Paolo Zamboni’s research into aquaerobics for us. He promised to send over the paper, and when it arrived, I realised I had had one of his aquaerobics classes last time I was treated at Casciana Terme in Italy, over three years ago.
Zamboni and other have produced a paper (extract in the magazine Phlebology (Oct. 18th 2016), on a specifically designed aquatic exercise protocol to reduce chronic lower limb edema, exploring advantages of basic aquaerobics, written by Paolo Zamboni and others who seemed to be Italian; sources included work at University of Ferrara.
Italy of course has an enormous advantage in that warm mineral spring are to be found all over the country, making it easy for every hospital and medical centre to have gallons of warm mineral waters gushing up (only I am not too keen on the sulphur-smelling ones around Tivoli – phew!) Some hydrotherapists in UK use exercises developed in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, and others have been to the fantastic Clinic Bad Sulza (part of University of Jena, Germany) where their Olympic sized pools are state of the art – as is the physio.
Here, lin UK, there are still pools around, so ASK! And keep digging!
What does Lymphoedema Support Network advise?
They sent me a link http://www.lymphnotes.com/article.php/id/24/
which provides invaluable advice. From temperature of water to advice on exercises and wearing compression garments.
Pretty well any exercise in a pool is good – but those on the website seem the same as I was being taught in, in Italy.
Talk to your Physio and see if they can offer help with specific exercises for ‘your’ lymphoedema. They may well want to read Zamboni’s article to learn more.
Why does exercise work?
The lymphatic system is made up of a network of vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph throughout the body. Lymph fluid serves the important purpose of carrying nutrients to the cells that bathe in the fluid. The lymph fluid then delivers cellular waste to the bloodstream, which caries it to the kidneys, colon and lungs for elimination. If your lymphatic system is blocked or clogged, you may experience a number of symptoms, including back pain, constipation, fatigue, depression and weight gain. However certain exercises can help release blockages and promote healthy movement of nutrients and waste throughout the body.
If your lymphatic system is blocked or clogged, you may experience a number of symptoms, including back pain, constipation, fatigue, depression and weight gain. However certain exercises can help release blockages and promote healthy movement of nutrients and waste throughout the body.
However certain exercises can help release blockages and promote healthy movement of nutrients and waste throughout the body.
Whereas in Britain hospital hydrotherapy pools are small, in Europe there is so much hot mineral water spouting out of the ground they can afford to build large, often Olympic sized pools, as at Klinic Bad Sulza in Germany. This means one very suitable exercise is standing, then spring up and jump as high as you can out of the water. Weight bearing personified, but impossible to do without swamping our small pools!
N.B. You will probably find the hot water makes you skin itch. I slap on a good cream mask such as Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. The heat helps this penetrate, so I am having a skin treatment as well as exercise, and this does wonders for my face!