Wellbeing Tip #1 – ‘Dry Brushing’ & ‘Gravity is your friend’ – see blog link:
Wellbeing Tip #2 – ‘Theraband – Resistance Exercise’
A theraband are latex bands or tubes that are used for physical therapy and light strength training exercises. They are also commonly used by athletes but also people who are looking for a low-impact strength training workout
Since mid-February I have used this method of resistance exercise to help with a tennis elbow and strengthening the lower leg calf muscles. The tennis elbow is mending slowly and the reason for the lower calf exercises are to help avoid limping. Any limping isn’t good for the posture in the long term.
My long term goal is to walk more effectively despite my lymphoedema in my whole leg
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I have lived with lymphoedema for four years now and the important thing is to do something active every day. The purpose being to improve on flexibility and mobility and for me to get from A to B without using a walking stick. All exercise helps lift your mood too.
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I bought a couple of therabands online as suggested by my physiotherapist. These therabands are simple to use and very effective to help strengthen muscles and to help lose weight too.
Pin Interest board for specific usage of the Theraband.
This is a great wellbeing tip for all types of individuals to do at home. A gentle way to help tone, lose weight and strengthen your core and limbs effectively. Pilates greatly use this method of resistance exercise.
On a personal level the theraband resistance exercises have helped with a specific problem caused by wearing open toed compression stockings. The next picture you can see the difference between open and closed compression garments.
The opened toes are a long term favourite of mine as they are great to wear with sandals in the summer time. However, personally speaking the open toe garments can help build up lymph fluid directly under the toes making it uncomfortable to walk about. In seeing a qualified physiotherapist my woes were gone in one day!
I was amazed that a simple calf exercise made a dramatic difference and very quickly too! I went from limping to walking normally (as i can) in one day!