Critical Thinking Skills and Lipedema

We’ve been having an ongoing conversation in the clinic about critical thinking and sometimes it feels a little daunting. We are currently living in a world where we have the highest amount of information (both real and fake) that is easily accessible and yet, it is getting harder and harder to be able to take in the information and analyze it through an appropriate lens. It is even harder when the information you are given goes against your world view or the information is constantly changing… it is hard to trust. I am not sure if this is a society concern or if it involves psychology (most likely both), but we need to understand that it is ok to change your mind or your stance on a subject as new, valid information is provided. Changing your opinion isn’t hypocritical when critical thinking and proper decision making has been used. What conversations or experiences have you been having lately that resulted in changing your opinion or allowing yourself to explore other options beyond your current world view?

Swelling disorders are commonly under diagnosed and misunderstood; especially lipedema. Lipedema is a progressive, chronic condition of symmetrical accumulation of fat in the deeper layer of skin with swelling occurring almost exclusively in women and is characterized by:​
​🦵Both legs are affected from waist to ankles with no swelling in the feet​
​🦵Pain in the legs​
​🦵Easy bruising​
​🦵Challenged body image​

​Most women who experience this diagnosis will have been told by society, medical providers, and themselves that all they need to do is lose weight by dieting and exercising in order to improve the shape of the legs. These women then tend to UNDER EAT and OVER EXERCISE in cycles where eventual “failure” will always be the outcome.​

​Understanding the complexity of swelling disorders is imperative in order to find relief. Common reasons for the progression of lipedema are that there is dysfunction with the “fight or flight” system, genetics are involved, chronic stress is constant, and leaky blood vessels are present.​

​Thankfully, there is a comprehensive approach for treatment which includes:​
​⭐️Lymphatic drainage​
​⭐️Compression garments​
​⭐️Anti-inflammatory eating​
​⭐️Exercise based off of HRV concepts​
​⭐️Skin care​
​⭐️Stress management​