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Compression therapies

Compression therapy plays an important part in the treatment of lymphoedema. With the correct fitting garment, the pressure within the tissues increases, encouraging lymph to redistribute and drain. Compression garments are an essential part of ongoing care and need to be worn daily to ensure reductions in limb volume are maintained.

Benefits of compression

Compression therapy is used for a wide variety of conditions, and as a preventative measure. Compression garments are mainly used to treat venous and lymphatic diseases as well as offer support after surgeries. From compression tights and socks to bandages, Charmaine will offer advice and fitting of your compression garment.

This is what compression garments can do for you:

  • reduce pain and swelling

  • improve oxygen supply to your muscles

  • prevent and reduce varicose veins

  • prevent tired legs

  • enhance performance and reduce injuries during exercise

  • treat leg ulcers, deep vein thrombosis, lymphoedema and more

Compression for the whole body

Whether after surgical procedures, during pregnancy or as a treatment for ongoing venous diseases, compression garments offer pain relief and a faster recovery for a variety of conditions. Compression garments are available in ready to wear or custom made and depend on the needs of the individual client. There are a range of products available for the entire body, from hands and feet to limbs and the torso.

Taking care of your compression garments

Whether you choose elastic or inelastic compression garments, they all need to be cared for and washed regularly to ensure durability and the best compressive effect. Specific washing instructions come with every compression garment, so be sure to check those before you clean yours the first time. Most garments can be machine-washed and tumbled-dry at low temperatures. Please avoid high heat and harsh chemicals since those can damage the fibers and decrease elasticity and support of the garments.

Donning and Doffing

Compression stockings are supposed to fit tightly around the legs or arms. That can make them tricky to put on and take off, especially for clients with restricted mobility. Donning and doffing aids enable you to dress independently and put your compression stockings on correctly with reduced physical strain.

If you have any questions about which compression garment would be the right choice for you, or how to put on or take off your compression garment please don't hesitate to contact The Lymphatic Health Clinic.