You can't dig too deep into information about lipedema without someone mentioning therapies. At first, you read that surgery is the only option, but at closer glance, you become overwhelmed by all the therapies available and what actually works. I've found that what actually works is what resonates with me and what I'll actually do consistently.
I've done just about every therapy out there. I've even made videos about all the therapies I've tried to help educate women about some of the options available and how I've used them and myths about conservative treatments. Through trial and error I've figured out what works for me, but that doesn't mean it will work for you.
The advice I give to clients (and myself!) is that the therapy that is best for you is the one you will consistently do. I think we become desperate and overwhelmed when we think about all the worst case scenarios of lipedema. We think we need all the things, but then we find ourselves sitting there surrounded by all the various tools we've purchased still in pain not feeling like doing anything. What if having every single treatment that has ever helped any woman with lipedema anywhere in the world isn't the answer? It somehow makes us feel better to have all those tools at our fingertips, but it can also make us feel like failures as we stare at what we've invested in but aren't able to use the equipment because it's not our thing or we're just even more overwhelmed.
Let me tell you that if you find yourself in that place, it doesn't mean you're a failure. It means you need to pause and think about YOU and what you can realistically do where you are in your lipedema journey and what you would like enough or believe in enough to stick with it. That doesn't mean you have to choose one therapy and throw the rest away. The key is figuring out what will work for you over the next few weeks or months. There isn't a list of lipedema rules that force you to choose one thing over another. The beauty of this journey is that many women are managing this condition in their own way, with tools and therapies they like better than the others.
Exactly what you do for your lipedema isn't as important as doing something. Just because you have this disease doesn't mean it turns you into a different person with different preferences and dislikes. It may change your mobility and strength and stamina and that may require you to alter or modify your favorite exercise or activity. Don't try to be someone else. If you try to force yourself to do something you dread, eventually you will give up.
Especially if you're just starting to figure out what works for you, do something you love. You could love it because you like being outdoors or indoors. You could love it because it takes away your pain more than any other method. You could love it because it's in the water or avoids water altogether. You could love it because you can do it in the privacy of your own home or because it gets you involved with others. You could love it because it's free or because you know that if you make a big investment in something it takes on greater significance for you. You could love it because it makes you sweaty or because you're able to keep your mascara perfectly in place.
So, what is the BEST therapy for lipedema? One (or maybe several) that suits you and your unique journey that you will consistently do. One that makes you feel good about yourself. One that reinforces that you're a capable woman who may have lipedema but isn't letting lipedema rule her life. You get to choose, and the only "right" choice is the one that's right for you!