Compression wraps are therapeutic devices used for the treatment of sprains or other minor injuries. They work to promote a faster recovery after an injury and reduce further damage to the affected area.
The most common type of compression wrap is an elastic type bandage that provides pressure to a specific area of the body that has suffered an injury or is inflamed. No longer only used for first aid, compression wraps are a popular form of treatment for sports injuries, various therapies for the treatment of venous diseases and to reduce swelling in the arms and legs caused by Lymphedema to promote at-home healing and recovery.
Benefits of Compression Wraps
Compression wraps apply pressure to areas of the body where there is swelling, increasing the blood flow to the affected area thereby reducing the swelling. Compression wraps are also a great treatment for stretching out the walls of veins, reducing areas where blood flow has stopped, and drastically improves circulation on the parts of the body where the compression wrap is applied.
By applying pressure to affected areas, compression wraps mimic the effect muscles have on the blood veins when blood flow has become restricted. With this pressure, veins begin to open up and allow blood to flow properly, reducing the inflammation and pain in that area. Compression wraps for legs also help to push the excess fluid away so that the blood is able to deliver the oxygen and nutrients needed for a proper recovery.
Who Should Use Compression Wraps?
For day-to-day use, the main candidates for compression wraps are those who suffer from chronic venous issues like spider veins or increased pain in their legs caused by weight gain, leg injury or blood clots, and those who suffer from lymphedema. Lymphedema compression wraps help the body by encouraging lymph fluids to move away from affected tissues’ interstitial spaces and go back to the lymph vessels, so they can circulate back to the heart.
Athletes and others who lead active lifestyles use compression wraps as a therapeutic device. They are also used for the treatment of minor injuries like sprains that can cause inflammation, for those that have issues with swelling, and for people who need improved blood flow to their arms and legs.
Common Types of Compression Wraps
The most popular compression wraps on the market today are constructed using elastic or some form of non-elastic material. Those made of elastic are produced from a strong weave of elastic materials and provide compression immediately when worn. Non-elastic compression wraps provide pressure with velcro straps that you must tighten yourself.
Typical elastic compression wraps include:
– stockings that provide compression from the thigh all the way to the foot.
– leg sleeves or footless socks that provide gradient pressure to the thigh or calf area.
– tights that provide consistent pressure from the toe to the waist and are very helpful to those who need a uniform amount of pressure.
Non-elastic compression wraps are available in various sizes and are designed specifically for areas of the body such as the calf, thigh, foot, or even the entire arm. These types of wraps provide different levels of pressure to specific areas of the body.
Lymphedema Products offers a wide variety of compression wear to address a multitude of conditions including a full line of ReadyWrap and Juzo compression wraps for full leg edema.
Our company was founded with the goal of providing the highest quality service to the growing population of successfully-treated individuals with lymphedema or other medical edemas. For over 21 years, we have offered only the most advanced and medically responsible products available for the safe and effective management of primary and secondary lymphedema, venous edema, and other edemas.