Compression is a key part of any lymphoedema management program, and comprises of compression bandaging for swelling reduction, and compression garments for swelling maintenance.

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’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 and tights everyday work and travel.


I was so thankful that Jan was able to provide treatment for me only 5 days post surgery. The initial treatment session immediately reduced my pain, improved movement and reduced swelling. The second treatment I remember as being an immediate turning point where it was so significant that “I could breathe”. It felt like my chest had been released and I could breathe and move without the huge pressure that I was feeling across my chest. It was amazing, “life changing”.

Annette Perram

Jan,  you’ve been a superstar for me, from nearly 3 years ago. I can self-manage most of the time (that little paint roller is amazing) and treat myself to a lymph treatment once a month. Plus the lessons you gave Bruce to assist with my massage have been invaluable.

Sandra Waelend

Great professional service. I have recommended people to visit and try for themselves as it was/is helpful to me.

Lissy Willkomm