THE BENEFIT OF REBOUNDING IN THE PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF LYMPHOEDEMA
The movement that is performed in rebounding is a complete cellular exercise that provides the stimulus for a free-flowing lymphatic system that will efficiently drain away the toxins. Unlike the arterial system, the lymphatic system lacks a pump. There are three ways to activate lymphatic flow away from the tissues and back into the main pulmonary circulation. Since the lymphatic system does not have a heart to pump it, its upward movement depends on the motions of the muscle and joints. Lymphatic flow requires
· muscular contraction from exercise and movement
· gravitational pressure and
· internal massage to the valves of lymph
Rebounding supplies all three methods of removing waste products from the cells and from the body. In addition, rebounding works the abdominal (core), leg, buttock, and deep back muscles. This is beneficial for everyone, but has even more impact for those recovering from any abdominal surgery (retropubic prostatectomy, abdominal TRAM, hysterectomy, etc.)
· improve balance, coordination, and overall motor skills which are critical for cancer patients with neurological conditions.
· support bone density, bone strength, and bone formation. Both men and women undergoing hormonal suppression or ablation are at a higher risk for osteoporosis (which can also be compounded by chemotherapy).
· strengthen the heart which can be compromised by certain types of chemotherapy and radiation.
· improve resting metabolic rate, burns calories, and aids in weight loss.
Many cancer patients struggle with weight gain. The extra weight can increase the risk of future cancers, lymphoedema, diabetes, and heart disease.