Compression bandaging

Compression bandaging is a special technique of multilayer bandaging that allows to achieve the optimal pressure gradient as well as the ratio of rest pressure and operating pressure in lymphatic system. This kind of bandaging allows to retain and significantly improve the result obtained during the manual lymphatic drainage. 

Sequence of applying a compression bandage:

  • First, a tubular bandage is put on (it must be applied without any folds, its task is to absorb sweat and oil glands’ secretions); 
  • Then the fingers are bandaged (if you do not bandage the fingers, the swelling can spread to them);
  • Afterwards a special cotton bandage is used (this stage allows to protect the skin); 
  • In the next step a number of different layers are used to either provide additional pressure or reduce it where necessary;
  • On the final stage the pressure is formed as a result of applying short-stretch bandages; 
  • After the final layer is applied a specialist always checks if the pressure is distributed evenly and if the patient can perform simple movements;

    A compression bandage is applied after the manual lymphatic drainage procedure and the patient spends about 22 hours wearing it in the course of treatment – until the next procedure. While in a bandage you not only should, but HAVE TO move, walk, and do therapeutic physical exercises or other kinds of sports. One has to remember that movement is the strongest mechanism of lymphatic transport, so the efficacy of a compression bandage increases when you move in it.

    With every following procedure the swelling decreases, so you always need to change the dressing technique creating the right pressure gradient, and in some places further increasing it. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to achieve such flexibility with compression garments.

    The crepe bandages are used when the compression bandage is applied. Depending on the material from which the threads are made and their ratio in the product, there are three degrees of bandage stretchability – long, medium, and short stretch bandages. 

    Using low stretch bandaging allows to strengthen natural mechanisms of transport and lymphangion contraction upon which the principle of compression bandaging in lymphedema treatment is based. 

    BE SURE to seek the help of a specialist who knows all the intricacies of the procedure.

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