All About Compression
How Compression Therapy Works
The presence of edema creates increased interstitial
pressure and fluid accumulation. Resistance over the tissue becomes necessary
for the removal of excess fluid. Compression therapy provides the necessary
resistance to return fluid to circulation.
Inelastic vs. Elastic Compression
The two classes of compression each have their advantages.
Elastic compression can to a certain extent accommodate changes in leg volume.
This means that as limb volume goes down or increases, the device will continue
to provide a fairly constant level of compression. While this is good in that
it means the device will continue to function as swelling goes down, it is
disadvantageous because patients do not always need the same amount of
compression - as patient position changes, venous pressure changes, and hence
the required level of external pressure changes. For example, when a patient is
lying down, the pressure in the veins goes down, and hence less compression is
desired. Too much compression can restrict circulation.
With non-elastic compression, the device does not adjust to
changes in limb volume. This means that when a patient lies down, the
compression goes down - matching the body's needs. The disadvantage is that if
the patient's leg volume goes down over the course of treatment, traditional
non-elastic devices are not able to accommodate the change, and the compression
level goes down.
CircAid® Compression Garments
This is what makes compression garments from CircAid®
unique. Because of its system of interlocking bands, the compression level can
be easily adjusted to accommodate changes in limb volume. At the same time,
because it is primarily inelastic, patients receive compression levels that
adjust with need: when the patient is standing, the compression increases; when
the patient is lying down, the compression decreases.
Indications for Use:
- Varicose veins (all types)
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency ("CVI")
- Venous Stasis Disease
- Venous Valvular Insufficiency ("VVI")
- Venous Insufficiency
- Post Thrombotic Syndrome
- Venous Ulcer (Stasis Ulcer)
- Edema: Venous, Lymph, Post Traumatic, Post Surgical,
- Angio Dysplasia
- Post Sclerotherapy
- Thrombosis Prevention
- Venous Eczema