Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise
program. Talk with him or her about any medical problems that may
limit your ability to exercise.
If you have lymphedema, wear compression bandages or compression
garments during exercises. They give your muscles firm support when
the muscles contract (tighten).
This increases the "muscle pump" which helps the fluid leave
your arm or leg.
Exercise provides you with many physical benefits. It can also
improve your self-esteem and psychological well-being.
Your arm or leg may feel tight, stiff and sore with lymphedema.
Exercises will help after surgery to improve flexibility, strength
and to move lymphatic fluid.
Your therapist may have you wear your bandages or compression
garments during exercise.