COMPRESSION THERAPY

There are many different international standards when measuring the pressure gradient of compression garments, Class 1 (15-20 mm Hg) Class 2 (20-30 mm Hg) Class 3 (30-40 mm Hg).

No matter which class of garment is used, ongoing maintenance with compression garments reduces Lymph fluid (Oedema) and maintain the limb in a "dry state".

GOALS OF ELASTIC COMPRESSION THERAPY

 

  • Preventing a decrease in blood flow velocity

  • Restoring blood flow velocity to normal

  • Reducing or preventing lymphatic fluid 

  • Must be graduated (Higher compression at the ankle and decreasing as you move higher up the leg).

 

Additional uses for compression garments (REFERENCE)

  • Post burn wound management (Treatment for hypertrophic scarring)

  • Enhances motor skills.

  • Boosts lactate removal and enhances oxygen supply during exercise and training, thereby improving the athletes recovery time. 

  • Assists with body shaping (Cosmetic appearances). 

  • Chronic venous disease. (If used prophylactically, it can prevent venous ulcers). 

  • Used prophylactically to prevent post mastectomy  Oedema. 

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COMPRESSION GARMENTS