- Place a cushion on the arm of a chair. Rest your arm on this when sitting down. This will fully support it and raise it slightly.
- Try not to lift your arm above shoulder height for too long. It may reduce blood flow to your arm and make you more uncomfortable.
- Try not to leave your arm in the same position for too long.
- Sit with your legs uncrossed.
- Raise your legs as often as you can when you are sitting. Lie with your legs up on a sofa, or fully supported on a footstool.
- Try not to keep your leg in the same position for too long.
- Get up and move about at least once an hour if you can.
- Avoid standing still for long periods of time.
If you have to stand for a long time, exercises can help stop fluid building up:
- Raise yourself up on to your toes and lower back down again. This helps to tense and relax your calf muscles.
- Shift your weight from one leg to the other. Transfer your weight from heels to toes, as if you are walking on the spot.
- Try rocking back on your heels and forward onto your toes a few times.
It can help lymph fluid to drain if you slightly raise your head and upper body while you sleep. You can do this by:
- raising the head of the bed slightly, for example by using blocks under the legs of the bed
- using a foam wedge under your upper body and head
- using pillows.
Try to keep your head in line with your body, so your neck is not bent too far forward. This will help fluid to drain.