- Wrists and Ankles. Holding your legs and arms steady, draw circles in the air with your toes and fingers, rolling your wrists and ankles first in one direction and then the other to reduce stress and improve circulation.
- Arms and Trunk. Give them a good stretch by reaching up over your head, extending your fingertips away from your body and holding.
- Calves and Feet. If you have an opportunity to stand up, give your calves a mini workout by pushing up on your toes and holding. Then roll back on your heels, pointing your toes up toward the ceiling. This can be done while sitting, too.
- Head and Shoulders. While standing or sitting upright, turn your head and look right, then turn your head to look left, pointing your nose toward each shoulder as much as possible without discomfort. Do not perform this stretch if you have neck problems.
- All Muscles. Tensing and relaxing different muscle groups aids circulation and eases tension. Curling your arms toward your body will help tense your biceps, pulling your shoulders toward your ears will help tense your shoulders, flexing your feet will tense your calf muscles, and pulling your belly button toward your spine will help tense your abdominal muscles. You also can tense and release your buttocks and thigh muscles.
Barry S. Skikne, MD
Location and Office HoursUniversity of Kansas Medical Center Hematology Oncology
2330 Shawnee Mission
Mission, KS 66205
- BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City
- Kansas City VA Medical Center
- University of Kansas Hospital & Medical Center
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RealAge answeredWhether you're laid up in bed recovering from surgery or on a long flight or car ride, these exercises promote circulation and may help reduce your risk of blood clots. Perform each of these exercises for 10 to 15 seconds, in each direction when appropriate, or do each stretch 3 or 4 times per session.
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Baptist Health South Florida answered
Radiation therapy uses radiation to kill excessive blood cells and relieve symptoms of chronic myeloproliferative disorders. Radiation therapy is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy. The most common source of radiation is an external machine. Radiation is also administered via oral medication to help reduce the number of red blood cells. The dosage depends on the location of the blood cells and type of blood disorder being treated.
What is meant by a universal blood donor?
A universal blood donor is someone whose blood type is O negative. Blood type is a designation of two sets of proteins (called antigens) on the outside of red blood cells. One antigen type is the A, B, O type and the other is the Rh type (either positive or negative).
Type O blood lacks antigens on the outside of the red blood cells. This means that our immune system will not react to the blood because there is no antigen to react against. Similarly, Rh negative blood lacks the Rh antigens on the outside of the blood cells, so once again there are no proteins for our immune system to react against. This lack of antigens means that type O negative blood can be transfused in people of any blood type; hence, the term universal blood donor.
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