Water retention, medically referred to as Oedema, is the buildup of excess fluid in body tissue. The condition can impact people of all ages and levels of health, and is most commonly found in the ankles and feet, although it can affect all areas of the body.
Water retention takes the form of swollen or puffy skin and can lead to both acute and severe mobility restriction, as well as sore limbs and stiff joints. Many people who suffer from Oedema are left feeling vulnerable and unable to move around freely without causing pain to the affected area.
Oedema usually occurs in conjunction with an additional health condition, such as kidney disease, heart failure, pregnancy or an infection, but can also be triggered by a number of extraneous factors, such as long periods of immobility, physical injury and humidity.
When to visit your GP
Although swelling caused by fluid retention can subside without any medical assistance, visiting a medical practitioner is advised in certain cases, particularly if you are finding it difficult to continue with your normal day-to-day activities or experiencing incessant discomfort.
Other symptoms associated with Oedema that may warrant medical assistance include significant weight gain or weight loss, abnormal discolouration of the skin and raised pulse or blood pressure.
Preventing Water Retention
Although Oedema cannot always be prevented, there are a number of self-help techniques you can use to help reduce water retention symptoms before they occur. To prevent swelling, you should aim to stay active throughout the day, refrain from standing for long periods of time and try to maintain a comfortable posture whilst sitting and lying down.
Avoiding gaining excess weight and participating in regular exercise such as walking and swimming can also reduce your chances of developing a buildup of fluid, as well as raising your legs a few times a day to help improve your circulation.
It is important to note that if you suffer from a current health condition that you feel may put you under threat of contracting Oedema, investing in an adjustable bed and reclining chair can help combat the symptoms whilst you go about your daily routines.
Treating Water Retention
If your Oedema is the result of an additional health condition, the swelling and puffiness will usually subside once the condition has been diagnosed and treated by a GP.
However, if your fluid imbalance is not linked to an underlying medical condition, there are a variety of water retention remedies you can implement yourself to help ease your condition, including gentle exercise routines to promote circulation. For those of you who suffer with Oedema in your lower body, sitting and sleeping with your feet raised can also reduce water retention by improving your blood circulation and decreasing the severity of the swollen area by minimising weight impact.
Occasionally, medication such as diuretics are prescribed by a GP to treat water retention, which work by increasing the amount of urine excreted. However, this type of medication is mainly reserved for patients who have developed Oedema as result of a severe health conditions, such as heart disease.
Invest in a comfortable mattress
Known for its therapeutic effects, our state of the art Airflow® mattress can be used as part of your fluid retention treatment. Jam-packed with all the latest technology, the Airflow® mattress supports your height and weight, alleviating pressure off vulnerable areas whilst improving circulation. Unlike a standard mattress, our Airflow® mattress has a layer of Visco elastic memory foam that moulds around your body, cushioning troublesome areas to provide utmost comfort and relaxation.
If you suffer from Oedema, you will understand how difficult it can be to find a comfortable sleeping position without causing pain to a swollen area. The answer to your problems lies in our adjustable beds that can offer long-term oedema treatment by relieving aches and pains whilst allowing for a relaxing nights sleep. Built in to all of our electric adjustable beds is our unique NHC Cyclo-Therapy system that is medically-proven to assist in long-term pain relief from both chronic and acute medical conditions, including fluid imbalance.
For those who struggle with restricted mobility, our adjustable riser recliner chairs can offer the perfect solution to your problems. Not only can our chairs help you comfortably maneuver in and out of your chair, for those who suffer with swollen legs, feet and ankles, our reclining chairs offer a convenient way to implement water retention treatment within the comfort of your own home, allowing you to sit back and relax whilst taking the pressure off your affected area.
All of our electrical beds and chairs feature our exclusive, built-in NHC Cyclo-Therapy system that is medically proven to provide effective pain relief from affected areas and promote blood circulation. Unlike other massage systems, our vibrating massage equipment uses a three-way technique that pulsates out from the center and rotates in cyclical motions to allow for maximum effect.
With various massage settings available, you can choose to gently relieve any muscle pain and joint stiffness associated with water retention without causing discomfort to delicate areas – an important consideration when dealing with the symptoms of Oedema.
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