While an individual’s capacity for compassion is as unique as the experiences of patients receiving it, the call to compassion, while being a high bar, is not an endpoint. Rather, compassion is a dynamic care construct that can be cultivated through practice and when it is expressed, according to patients, is the most potent form of care that healthcare providers can express.
We know from research that exercise helps lymph move through the lymphatic system. Exercise makes the muscles contract and pushes lymph through the lymph vessels. A specific exercise program, designed to assist the lymph drainage from your swollen limb is an important part of your overall management for lymphoedema and something that you can do to help yourself.
When most people think of a compression sock, a thick, dowdy, difficult to wear garment often comes to mind. Encouraging patients to wear compression can at times be one of the more difficult tasks of the practitioner’s day. Often I have patients say to me “Compression socks, I think my Grandma wears those.