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Fluid retention, medically known as edema, refers to the abnormal accumulation of fluid within the body’s tissues, leading to swelling and discomfort. This condition occurs when the balance of fluids within the circulatory system is disrupted, causing an excess to leak into surrounding tissues. It can manifest in various parts of the body, including: legs, ankles, feet, hands, and abdomen.Get in Touch
There are several potential causes of fluid retention. One common factor is an imbalance in the body’s salt levels, particularly an excessive intake of sodium. High sodium levels prompt the body to retain water, leading to swelling in various regions. Additionally, hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy or menstruation, can disrupt the body’s fluid balance, resulting in edema.
Certain medical conditions, such as heart failure, kidney disease, and liver disease, can also lead to fluid retention. In these cases, the body’s ability to regulate fluid levels is compromised, often resulting in widespread swelling. Moreover, conditions that impair blood flow or lymphatic drainage, like deep vein thrombosis or lymphedema, can contribute to this concern.
Prolonged periods of immobility, such as sitting for long hours during travel or due to certain medical conditions, can hinder blood circulation, leading to fluid accumulation in the lower extremities. Additionally, medications like corticosteroids and some blood pressure medications may cause fluid retention as a side effect.
Treatment for fluid retention typically involves addressing the underlying cause. This may include lifestyle changes such as reducing sodium intake, increasing physical activity, or wearing compression garments. In more severe cases, medical interventions like diuretics (water pills) or interventions to address the underlying condition may be necessary. It’s important for individuals experiencing persistent or severe edema to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and management. At Face Medical, mild cases of water retention can be addressed using a combination of recommended lifestyle changes and the Body Ballancer. By delivering rhythmic compressions to the lower and / or upper body, we can enhance the body’s lymphatic drainage system so it’s more effective at flushing out excess fluid.