Fluid retention is a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in body tissues, causing them to swell. Although a small amount of fluid retention is normal, excessive or prolonged fluid retention may indicate an underlying health problem. In this article, we will look at the causes of fluid retention, some possible remedies and how to treat fluid retention with electrostimulation.
Causes of fluid retention
Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes can cause fluid retention, especially during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy. This is because hormones can affect the functioning of the kidneys, causing them to retain more fluid than usual.
Heart disease: Heart disease can cause fluid retention in the legs, ankles and feet, due to the inability of the heart to pump blood effectively, leading to a build-up of fluid in the veins.
Kidney disease: Kidney disease can cause fluid retention, as the kidneys play a crucial role in removing excess fluid from the body. If the kidneys are not functioning properly, they may not be able to remove excess fluid, leading to oedema.
Liver disease: Liver disease can cause fluid retention because of the liver’s role in regulating fluid levels in the body. If the liver is not functioning properly, it can lead to fluid accumulation in the abdomen.
Medications: Certain medications, such as steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can cause fluid retention.
Inactivity: Prolonged periods of inactivity, such as prolonged sitting or standing, can cause fluid to accumulate in the legs and feet.
Remedies for fluid retention
Reduce sodium intake: Eating too much salt can cause the body to retain water, leading to fluid build-up. Reducing sodium intake can help relieve fluid retention.
Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help improve circulation and prevent fluid from building up in the legs and feet. Walking, swimming and cycling are good options.
Wear compression stockings: Compression stockings can help improve circulation and prevent fluid from building up in the legs.
Elevate your legs: Elevating your legs above the level of your heart can help reduce swelling in your legs and feet.
Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help flush excess sodium and fluid from the body, reducing fluid retention.
Avoid alcohol: Alcohol can cause dehydration, leading to fluid retention. Avoiding alcohol can help reduce the risk of fluid accumulation.
Use beauty treatments: There are several aesthetic treatments that may be indicated to control fluid retention. These treatments aim to improve lymphatic circulation, reduce swelling and promote the elimination of excess fluid from the body. A clear example of an aesthetic treatment would be muscular electrostimulation.
How to treat fluid retention with electrostimulation
Some research suggests that electrostimulation may also be beneficial in controlling fluid retention, particularly in people who are unable to exercise regularly due to injury, illness or disability.
Electrostimulation works by causing muscles to contract and relax, which helps to stimulate blood flow and lymphatic circulation, promoting the removal of excess fluid from the affected area. The electrical impulses can also help reduce swelling and promote tissue healing, which can further alleviate fluid retention.
A study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that electrostimulation was effective in reducing leg swelling in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that can cause fluid retention in the legs.
Another study published in the International Journal of Cardiology found that electrostimulation reduced the incidence of post-operative oedema in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, suggesting that it may also be beneficial in controlling fluid retention after surgical interventions. In aesthetics, fluid retention may refer to a specific condition that affects people who have undergone certain cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction, tummy tuck or breast augmentation.
This type of post-operative fluid retention is known as seroma, which is an accumulation of clear fluid in the body tissues, usually in the area where the operation has been performed.
Electrostimulation can be beneficial in treating seroma after surgery as it helps to promote lymphatic circulation, reduce swelling and promote tissue healing. By stimulating the muscles, electrostimulation can also help to promote the removal of excess fluid from the affected area.
i-shape esthetic for the treatment of water retention
I-shape esthetic is a specialised device containing multiple electrodes designed to deliver painless, non-invasive electrical impulses to the body. Our Bio-shape is connected to our Wireless communication module, the device that generates the electrical impulses, which can be customised to target specific areas of the body. The great advantage of our equipment over our competitors is that it has Bluetooth wireless and hands-free technology.
i-shape esthetic is an effective weapon for treating fluid retention, as it can help stimulate muscles and promote lymphatic circulation. The electrical impulses emitted by the Bio-shape cause the muscles to contract and relax, which helps to increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage, promoting the elimination of excess fluid from the body.
All muscle stimulation parameters are parameterised thanks to our advanced software, which allows the execution of different treatment programmes manually and automatically, to facilitate operation for the operator.
The muscle stimulation pulses generated by i-shape esthetic can also help to reduce swelling and promote tissue healing, which can further alleviate fluid retention. As well as promoting lymphatic circulation, i-shape esthetic can be used to tone and strengthen muscles, which can help to reinforce the body’s natural fluid management mechanisms.
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