Compression garments improve your circulation, protect sensitive, infection-prone skin – and most importantly, prevent the return of uncontrolled swelling. Once your swelling is reduced and stabilized, compression wear is essential for managing chronic swelling conditions like lymphedema, lipedema and advanced CVI.
Fit and comfort issues arise because people wear compression garments before their swelling is under control. That means swelling can yo-yo, making garments too tight one day and loose another. MLD therapy to reduce swelling, followed by properly-fitted garments suited to your needs is a better approach.
With chronic swelling conditions, a custom-fitted, medical-grade compression garment is a must. They are tailored for your body to provide compression and support specifically as you need it. We offer expert garment fitting services for our clients after they’ve completed the reduction phase of therapy.
Today’s compression wear is made of breathable, comfortable fibres and comes in a wide variety of styles, colors and compression levels. They are made to be worn at work and play and everything in between.
Compression can be are worn as leggings, capris, shorts, thigh-highs and pantyhose for lower body swelling management. Sleeves and gloves support arms. And they can be made for other areas of your body as well.
For optimal support, garments should be worn daily and washed before they are worn again. Most people get two sets to alternate for laundry and convenience. Like all clothing, compression garments wear out. They tend to lose elasticity - and with it effectiveness - after about six months and should be replaced.