Living with lipedema? Get the exercise you need with bellicon.

John Hines 21.08.2021

Exceptional full-body fitness and ultra-gentle performance: the bellicon can help you manage the difficulties of lipedema.

WHAT IS LIPEDEMA?

Lipedema is a condition that causes fat to be distributed unevenly in the body. The areas of the body affected tend to be in the mid-torso and downward, with swelling in the legs, thighs, buttocks, and sometimes it may also affect the upper portion of the arms. Lipedema, which has often been mischaracterized as a weight control issue, is actually a product of genetic and hormonal factors, affecting 11% of all women.

Early diagnosis and treatment of lipedema are important because the condition may get progressively worse over time. Symptoms may include symmetrical swelling and pain of the legs or arms that worsens throughout the day or skin that feels "spongy," is sensitive to touch, and easily bruises.

Though medical researchers continue to explore the causes of lipedema, they've yet to find a cure, though exercise and diet can be effective at reducing the symptoms.

Unexplained swelling? See your doctor first

If you have recent, unexplained swelling in any part of your body, you should see your doctor or healthcare provider. There are many conditions other than the ones we're addressing that may cause swelling, some of them serious, and only a physician is qualified to address your concerns.

LIPEDEMA, LYMPHEDEMA, OR CELLULITE?

Lipedema, lymphedema, and cellulite have many similarities and are often be confused with one another. Only a physician is qualified to diagnose which of these you may have, but we've listed below some general distinctions between these conditions.

Cellulite: 

Cellulite is a skin condition caused by fat cells pushing against the skin while connective tissue pulls them down, making the skin appear dimpled. Unlike lipedema and lymphedema, cellulite is a purely cosmetic issue and not a medical condition.

Lymphedema:

Lymphedema is caused by blockages in the lymphatic system, preventing lymphatic fluid from flowing, which often produces swelling. Some patients with lipedema can develop lymphedema as their condition worsens (known as lipo-lymphedema), where fat growth blocks the lymphatic flow. Unlike lipedema, lymphedema is as common in the arms as it is in the legs and often affects areas that lipedema doesn't, such as the hands and feet. Also, lymphedema may occur in just one leg or arm, whereas lipedema always progresses evenly on both sides of the body.

[You can learn more about the ways rebounding can help with lymphedema here: https://www.bellicon.com/us_en/benefits/health-benefits/lymph-and-edema]

EXERCISE CAN HELP REDUCE THE SYMPTOMS

Keeping symptoms to a minimum and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the main challenges with lipedema.

Exercise is perhaps the single most important way that people of every age and fitness level maintain their ability to stay active and enjoy life. Of course, many people have physical challenges that may make it more difficult to exercise, but in the vast majority of those cases, overcoming those difficulties is well worth the effort considering the wealth of benefits that exercise provides.

People with lipedema often find exercise challenging, especially when the symptoms are more pronounced. Many types of sports and workouts can include high-impact exercise, such as jogging, which can be problematic for affected limbs, leading to discomfort and bruising.

THE BELLICON: ULTRA-LOW IMPACT, ULTRA-HIGH BENEFITS

The bellicon is exceptionally well-suited to meet the fitness and health needs of people struggling with lipedema. The bellicon's unique, ultra-elastic suspension system makes every bounce smooth, enjoyable, and incredibly effective at burning fat and calories while dramatically increasing cardiovascular fitness.

For people who need to avoid workouts involving high-impact exercises, the bellicon's gentle performance can serve an important function: allowing them to enjoy the benefits of "vertical, weight-bearing exercise." The term "vertical, weight-bearing exercise" refers to types of workouts that involve the entire body while in an upright position, and it's the type of exercise that is essential for keeping bones strong and preventing osteoporosis. Due to the bellicon's customized bungees and ultra-low impact performance (even compared to other rebounders), the bellicon has helped many people experience this type of bone-building exercise once again.

GRAVITY-FUELED LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

The bellicon is also unmatched at increasing lymphatic circulation. With each bounce, rebounding exercise engages every muscle in the body, helping lymphatic vessels to operate at full efficiency. Another novel aspect of rebounding is how it uses the waves of gravitational forces generated by bouncing to condition the body, inside and out. These g-forces can be especially helpful in releasing the lymphatic fluid trapped behind the fat deposits created by lipedema, reducing pressure on the affected limbs.

Research published by the Indian Journal of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation demonstrated that rebounding dramatically improves lymphatic drainage for people with lymphedema. After 12-weeks, the people involved in the rebounding portion of the study showed a reduction in their lymphedema by over 50%.

AND, BEST OF ALL, IT'S REALLY FUN!

It's impossible to overstate the importance of enjoying your workouts...and the bellicon is just so much fun to use! (Indoors or out!) This "enjoyability factor" can be crucial for people trying to get back into the habit of exercising. The downside? It's hard to keep friends and family off of it, so be prepared to share. The upside? A few minutes on the bellicon throughout the day will give you everything you need to fight back against the debilitating effects of lipedema while taking your health and fitness to a whole new level.

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(1) Mehta, Shailendra; "A STUDY TO ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF REBOUNDING EXERCISE ON LYMPHEDEMA" Indian Journal of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Vol 6; 1, June 2017

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