By Suzanne Leclerc, Lymphotherapist, Lymphatic drainage specialist, Aqua Lymphatique therapist
You get out of your car and walk a bit too fast on the icy sidewalk. And OHHHHHHH! You fall!!! You injured your ankle.
The doctor tells you to raise your ankle, put ice and compression on it and rest. According to him, the swelling will take about 3 weeks to come down.
WHAT??? 3 WEEKS???
It’s the job of your lymphatic system to drain from your ankle the blood effusion and any excess fluid that got your ankle to swell after your accident. Your lymphatic system pumps 7 times a minute. How could you increase the speed of lymphatic pumping? By increasing the compression around your ankle.
YES, BUT HOW?
By using water pressure: while standing in the water, the level of the pressure changes from higher pressure at the ankle to lower pressure at the water surface. You could reduce your period of recuperation from 3 weeks up to 1 week!
In a bucket 30 cm high = 22 mmHg pressure at the ankle
In a bin (clean!) 50 cm high = 36.5 mmHg pressure
In a pool 1 meter deep = 73 mmHg pressure
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE USE OF A PERSONNAL WATER TANK
And Voila! Next time.....wear your crampons!!!!