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 aqua aerobics, describing the benefits of Acqua Aerobics. He promised to send over the paper, and when it arrived, I realised I had had one of his aqua aerobics classes when I was treated at Casciana Terme, 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 aqua aerobics; this mentions sources including 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 hydrotherapy pools are run by Physios who use exercises developed in the thermal pools at 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 physiotherapy
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, advice on exercises and wearing compression garments whilst exercising.
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 carries 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.
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 you are having a skin treatment as well as exercise, and this does wonders for your face!