COMPRESSION GARMENTS

Keep the swelling under control, enjoy peace of mind and improve the quality of your life.

A compression garment is a piece of clothing such as anklet, stocking, pantyhose, bra, armsleeve, etc, that provides support to an area of the body if you suffer from poor circulation, varicose veins, blood clots and where swelling is present. The garments come in varying degrees of compression calculated in milligram of mercury, which can be determine by your doctor or lymphoedema therapist.


A support stocking or pantyhose is a "ready to wear" garment designed for people standing for long periods of times or during pregnancy if no other problems are present. We can order the one of your choice.


A medical compression stocking is available in the "ready to wear" and custom-made form. It is designed to manage conditions such as lymphoedema and venous insufficiency: 

  • To prevent or decrease swelling during pregnancy

  • To decrease aching and tiredness in the legs with venous problems

  • To prevent condition such as ulcer and cellulitis where swelling is present

  • To maintain a reduction in swelling following the intense treatment for lymphoedema


A compression armsleeve is available in "ready to wear" and custom-made. It is designed to manage swelling in primary and secondary lymphoedema in the arm and encourages lymph flow. Armsleeve are available in different forms:

  • wrist to shoulder

  • with gauntlet when swelling is present in the hand

  • with a glove when swelling is present in the hand and fingers 

  • with shoulder cap

  • with a silicone border


A compression bra is available in "ready to wear" and can be altered to fit the individual. This bra is designed to manage lymphoedema in the breast, the thorax and the axilla. We have 2 different brands in different colors available.


We can provide the following services when it comes to compression garments:

  • Conduct an assessment

  • Measuring

  • Ordering

  • Fitting

We recommend that you book for a one hour and half appointment for measuring and fitting and include a lymphatic drainage massage for best results, particularly on the initial visit.

You can re-order a replacement garment over the phone if you are certain that no changes have occurred. Should you wish to be on the safe side, please book an assessment for half an hour for measuring and fitting only.

CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM COMPRESSION

DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS

Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) in a deep vein. The acute deep vein thrombosis of the leg may be considered a contraindication for lymphatic drainage massage but the use of a compression stocking is strongly advised as well as exercise.


Phlebothrombosis consists in a clot developing within an inflamed vein. This clot may get loose and travel to the lungs or another part of the body.


Thombophlebitis may begin with inflammation in the wall of the vein and in this case the thrombus may adhere to the wall of the vein.


In both cases, the use of a compression garment and exercise is recommended.

WEARING YOUR GARMENT

  1. Wear rubber gloves to adhere to the fabric and improve your grip

  2. Do not wear jewellery when donning the garment to avoid damaging the fabric

  3. Turn the stocking inside out at the heel

  4. Pull the stocking up over the foot to the heel

  5. Lift the fabric up over the heel

  6. Pull the stocking up to the knee and thigh in stages

Donning your stockings

CARING FOR YOUR GARMENT

  • Wear gloves when donning your garment

  • Wash your stocking daily in cold or tepid water with a mild detergent

  • Do not use bleach or fabric softener

  • Do not tumble dry

  • Dry the garment on the line in the shade

  • To minimize blood stain, wash the garment as soon as possible

LIFESTYLE TIPS

  • Have two (2) garments: one to wear and one to wash

  • Wear your compression garment first thing in the morning daily

  • Care for your skin

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Eat plenty of roughage to prevent constipation

  • Cold shower your legs at night

  • Avoid heat

  • Wear supporting shoes

  • Avoid constricting clothing

  • Do not cross your legs

  • Have your feet supported when seated

  • Exercise your feet, toes and ankles when sitting for a long period of time

  • Put your feet up to allow gravity to drain your legs when lying down

  • Exercise – walk where you can and use the stairs

  • Stop and stretch your legs during a long car journey

  • In an aircraft – wear your garment, take your shoes off and walk up and down the aisle

TREATMENTS

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MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE

Female puts some anti-thrombotic stockin

COMPRESSION GARMENTS

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+61 (0)419 022 985

3 Jupiter Court, Eatons Hill, QLD Australia 4037

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