Compression therapy provides you with the necessary support to maintain and enhance your lifestyle.
Whether it's being engaged in daily activites or spending time doing things you love, like traveling, being outdoors, or participating in your favorite hobbies, you can continue to engage in daily activities while receiving the therapeutic benefits of compression.
Compression garments are designed to provide support, assist with circulation and minimize swelling. The compression is graduated, with the strongest support at the base and gradually decreasing towards the top of the garment. The gradual support works in conjunction with the pumping action of muscles, which also assist with circulation.
A common myth is that compression garments will cut off circulation. When fitted and worn properly, compression garments help with your circulation, not reduce or restrict it.
Compression garments are categorized by classes. These classes consist of compression ranges, which are measured in mmHg-meaning millimeters of mercury, the universal form of measurement used for this type of garment. There are designated medical indications for each compression class.
Breast Cancer Patients: What you should know about Lypmhedema and compression therapy
Lymphedema may develop after breast surgery or treatment because there is a change in the pathway that drains the fluids in your lymphatic system. It may occur within a few months after a procedure, years later or not at all. What are the symptoms?
- Swelling characterized by "pitting' which is when skin is depressed for a few seconds and the indentation does not immediately disappear.
- Swelling in the arms, hands, fingers, shoulders, chest or legs.
- A "full" or heavy sensation in the arms or legs.
- Decreased flexability in the the hand, wrist, or ankle.
- Skin tightness.
- Difficulty fitting into clothing in one specific area.
- Tight fitting bracelet, watch or ring that wasn't tight before.