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Compression bandaging is combined with manual lymph draining, exercise and skin care for lymphoedema and lipoedema and is known as decongestive therapy. This therapy is designed to reduce swelling prior to measuring for a compression garment. Due to their convenience, compression wraps are now often used to replace bandaging.
Once adequate reduction is achieved, patients can be fitted into a compression garment. Studies suggest that wearing a compression garment can help reduce swelling associated with lymphoedema by stopping fluid from building up in the tissue and by moving excess fluid out of the affected area. In cases of lipoedema, the tissue can be quite sensitive and therefore a lighter compression garment may be recommended.
Jan Hunter’s knowledge of measure and fitting is extensive having worked in the Fashion industry for many years. Jan is also a consultant educator for Haddenham Health, a UK based compression garment company. If you require compression as part of your management program, garments must be chosen carefully and correctly fitted for best results. Our team are trained to fit and measure plus provide expert advice on application and handling. Illawarra Lymphoedema Service is affiliated with Sigvaris, Haddenham, Juzo, Essity and many other international compression garment suppliers. We also carry ready to wear compression socks , tights and bras for everyday work and travel.