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Preventative Health

This week we are discussing the importance of preventative health. Taking care of your body and mind before problems arise is essential to living a healthy and fulfilling life.

At Body Works Compression, we believe in incorporating preventative measures into our daily routines. This includes regular exercise, healthy eating habits, and proper self-care.

One of the most important preventative measures is exercise. Regular physical activity can improve cardiovascular health, increase muscle strength, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is also crucial to maintaining good health. Incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your meals can provide your body with the necessary nutrients to function properly.

Lastly, taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga, seeking therapy when necessary, and engaging in hobbies you enjoy can all help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

It’s never too early or too late to start prioritizing your health. By incorporating preventative measures into your daily routine, you can improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of future health problems.

Thank you for reading and stay healthy!

Compression Wear for Young People

While compression wear is often associated with athletes and older adults, it can also be beneficial for young people. Compression clothing can help improve circulation, reduce muscle soreness, and provide support during physical activity.

For young athletes, compression wear can be especially helpful. It can help prevent injuries by providing extra support to muscles and joints during high-impact activities. Compression wear can also help reduce muscle fatigue and soreness, allowing for longer and more effective workouts.

Compression wear can also be helpful for young people who spend a lot of time sitting or standing. It can help improve circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots, which can be a concern for those who sit for long periods of time.

At Body Works Compression, we offer a variety of compression wear options for young people. From leggings to arm sleeves, our products are designed to provide support and improve performance during physical activity.

Incorporating compression wear into your daily routine can help you stay healthy and active. Whether you’re an athlete or simply looking to improve your overall health, compression wear can be a valuable tool.

Thank you for reading and stay healthy!

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Why is promoting your body circulation good for your health?

Blood circulation is important for overall health because it delivers oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body, including the brain, muscles, and other organs. When blood flows through the blood vessels, it helps to remove waste products, such as carbon dioxide, from the body.

Good blood circulation is also important for maintaining a healthy immune system, as the blood carries white blood cells that help to fight infections and diseases. In addition, blood circulation helps to regulate body temperature and maintain proper pH levels in the body.

Poor blood circulation can lead to a variety of health problems, including fatigue, dizziness, numbness or tingling in the limbs, and even more serious conditions such as heart disease or stroke. So, it’s important to take steps to maintain good blood circulation by staying active, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and other unhealthy habits.

An easy way to promote your body’s circulation is by switching your daily socks, to compression socks. They do the work for you while you are busy throughout your day. Compression socks are also a great option to wear during sleep.

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Power Symposium

The Denver Power 2023 Conference focused on educating attendees on various topics related to breast cancer treatment, as well as the therapist’s role in patient care, and lymphedema prevention. The conference itinerary included several informative sessions on these topics, conducted by experts and manufacturers in the field.

The conference sponsors included various notable companies and organizations, such as Susan G Komen and UChealth. These sponsors have a significant presence in the healthcare industry and have contributed greatly to the advancement of breast cancer treatment and care.

In attending this conference Body Works had the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in breast cancer treatment, understand the role of therapists in patient care, and gain insights into lymphedema prevention. This knowledge will enable Body Works to better assist therapists and patients with these conditions by providing them with the best possible products for treatment and care.

Overall, the Denver Conference was an excellent opportunity for healthcare professionals to learn from experts, interact with manufacturers, and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in cancer treatment and care. It was a great  event for people who are passionate about improving the lives of their clients and patients.

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Traveling with Lymphedema

Remember, traveling with lymphedema can be challenging, but it is possible to have a safe and enjoyable trip with a little preparation and planning. Here are some additional tips to help you travel comfortably and safely:

  • Wear comfortable clothing: When traveling, wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing that won’t restrict blood flow.
  • Consider your mode of transportation: Depending on your lymphedema severity, you may want to consider avoiding certain modes of transportation. For instance, car travel may be more comfortable than air travel because of the ability to move around and stretch your legs. If you must fly, try to request an aisle seat so that you can move around more easily.
  • Use a travel pillow: Using a travel pillow can help you maintain proper posture and reduce swelling during travel.
  • Pack healthy snacks: Avoid unhealthy snacks and fast food that can lead to inflammation and swelling. Instead, pack healthy snacks such as fresh fruit, nuts, and vegetables.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures: Sudden changes in temperature can affect your lymphedema. Try to avoid prolonged exposure to extreme heat or cold, and dress appropriately for the weather.

Remember to talk to your doctor before traveling, especially if you have a history of blood clots or other medical conditions. With these tips and proper planning, you can have an enjoyable and safe trip despite your lymphedema.

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Compression Socks for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is an exciting and challenging time for every woman. It comes with a lot of changes in the body, including swelling of the feet and ankles. This swelling can cause discomfort and pain, especially if you have to stand or walk for extended periods. One solution to this problem is wearing compression socks.

Compression socks are designed to improve blood circulation in the legs. They exert pressure on the veins, which helps blood flow more efficiently. This pressure also prevents blood from pooling in the legs, which can cause swelling.

During pregnancy, the body produces more blood to support the developing fetus. This increased blood volume, combined with the pressure of the growing uterus on the veins, can cause swelling in the legs and feet. Wearing compression socks can alleviate this problem and help you stay comfortable throughout your pregnancy.

There are different types of compression socks available in the market. Some are designed specifically for pregnant women, while others are suitable for anyone who needs better blood circulation in their legs. When choosing compression socks, it’s essential to get the right size and compression level.

Compression socks come in different compression levels, ranging from mild to extra firm. The level of compression you need depends on the severity of your swelling and other medical conditions you may have. It’s best to consult your doctor before buying compression socks to determine the right type and compression level for you.

In conclusion, compression socks are a simple and effective solution to the swelling and discomfort that come with pregnancy. They improve blood circulation in the legs and prevent swelling, allowing you to stay comfortable throughout your pregnancy. When choosing compression socks, make sure to get the right size and compression level for your needs.

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How to care for your Compression Garments!

When you receive your garments, the manufacturer includes instructions for the care of the garment. The best practice is to follow those instructions closely. By doing so, you will increase the durability, longevity and functionality of your garments. In all circumstances, the manufacturer recommends no bleach, fabric softeners, or ironing. Machine washing and drying varies from product to product. Some products require hand washing and air drying. Failure to follow the care instructions can effect the compression consistency of inelastic products over time. In some instances hooks, fasteners and velcro should be removed before care and cleaning. As a general rule, most compression products have a useful life expectancy of 6 months. After six months they begin to lose the compression consistency that makes them so useful in the treatment of lymphedema and related diseases. For this reason, many people order two (2) products, wearing one while the other is in the laundry. As a general rule of thumb:

  1. Always follow the manufacturer’s care instructions.
  2. Avoid bleach, fabric softeners and ironing.
  3. Hand wash and air dry when instructed.
  4. Replace when recommended (about every 6 months).

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Exercise Guide

New guidance from exercise oncology experts recommend systematic use of an “exercise prescription” by health care workers and fitness professionals in designing and delivering exercise programs that aim to lower the risk of developing certain cancers and best meet the needs, preferences and abilities of people with cancer.

In October 2019, three papers were published following an International Multidisciplinary Roundtable hosted by ACSM. One of those papers, a consensus statement, listed specific exercise recommendations for cancer patients and survivors. 

New guidance from exercise oncology experts recommend systematic use of an “exercise prescription” by health care workers and fitness professionals in designing and delivering exercise programs that aim to lower the risk of developing certain cancers and best meet the needs, preferences and abilities of people with cancer.

In October 2019, three papers were published following an International Multidisciplinary Roundtable hosted by ACSM. One of those papers, a consensus statement, listed specific exercise recommendations for cancer patients and survivors. 

This infographic outlines the effects of exercise on health-related outcomes in those with cancer. The chart features evidence-based physical activity recommendations and the associated benefits for specific symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments.

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Tips for Promoting Leg Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Yvette Mier,



Yvette Mier, BSN / RN / CWON, is a well-respected nurse with over 25 years of experience in wound care. She is a chapter author in the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Society textbook, Core Curriculum for Wound Management. She presents regularly at national wound care conferences and is passionate about leg.

She lives works in the Atlanta area. When not directing clinical care in an outpatient wound center, she can frequently be found in local parks walking with her husband and their dogs.

Tips for Promoting Leg Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic:

1. Wear your prescribed compression socks, stockings or wrap. Compression should be applied before you get out of bed in the morning and removed at bedtime, unless you are wearing a night garment.

2. Pamper your skin. Gentle skin care is a frequently overlooked component of leg health. When bathing, use a non-perfumed, liquid soap to help maintain the natural pH of the skin. At bedtime, apply a therapeutic moisturizer to your legs and feet. Let the moisturizer absorb into your skin overnight. These simple choices decrease the likelihood of skin breakdown with minor trauma. Moist, supple skin is harder to injure than dry, brittle skin.

3. Call a friend with legs positioned above your heart. Medically therapeutic elevation occurs when the legs are above the heart. A visual cue is to draw an imaginary line from your nose to your toes. Your toes should be at or above your nose.

4. Take a walk. Walk for 30 minutes to an hour. This does not have to be a brisk walk; a leisurely stroll is just as effective and allows you to stop and smell the roses! You can even walk around the house if you cannot get outside.

5. Inventory your compression socks, stockings and inspect your wrap. A single pair of compression socks is therapeutic for 3–6 months; develop a way to mark or organize your garments so they are removed from rotation before they are no longer therapeutic.

6. Read that book on your shelf that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t had the time. In-between chapters, alternate exercising each leg by writing the alphabet in the air with your great toe acting as an imaginary pen. It’s harder than it seems!

7. Struggle with compression sock application and removal and would like a little help? Consider using a donning aid. Donning aids like rubber gloves, foot slips or other donning tools can help. You can find donning aids online if stores are closed. What previously took 5 minutes of struggling can literally be accomplished in seconds. You could also consider a inelastic wrap garment.

8. Exercise your calf muscles specifically. It is the contraction of the calf muscles that act in conjunction with your compression garments to promote venous return. Calf pump exercises include pretending to pump on a gas pedal, circling the feet, standing up and raising up onto your toes, and marching in place to name a few easy exercises.page1image6626432

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Lymphedema Grant information and Financial Links

Hello friends,

We’re passing along some links to resources and assistance for patients, caregivers, and others throughout the cancer support and lymphedema communities. This includes information on grants and other direct financial assistance programs, because who couldn’t use that? Click on the links below for each organization’s program. We sincerely hope you find this information helpful. Wishing you and yours all the best – stay safe and healthy!

Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema – (314) 325-0040
Cancer Care – 800-813-4673
Marilyn Westbrook Garment Fund
Cancer Support Community
Cancer Support Emergency Fund – 888-409-4166
(for food, utilities, and other basic needs)
Airbnb – 844-986-1650 (free housing to frontline workers)
HealthWell Foundation
The Pink Fund
The Samfund
Circle of Care
Cancer Net
Cancer Care
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
PAN Foundation
Family Reach
American Cancer Society
Cancer Support Community
Patient Advocate Foundation
Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Cancer and Careers
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