Bauerfeind has everything you need in compression therapy. We can fit you for compression knee highs for men & women, thigh highs, full pantyhose, maternity pantyhose, something for after surgery, sports, & diabetics. We also specialize in compression sleeves for those suffering from lymphedema.
Compression garments are prescribed and come in different strengths of compression. Made to measure garments are always 20 mmgh or higher in compression and have to be fitted by a certified fitter. The fabrics used today are much softer and lighter in weight. The compression stockings come in knee highs; thigh highs; pantyhose (which also include maternity pantyhose), as well as men’s business stockings.
Two out of every five adults over the age of 30 has a condition called” Venous Insufficiency”. This means that the body is unable to pump the blood from our extremities back to the heart as efficiently as it should. Compression garments help pump the blood back to the heart making it easier so the heart muscle is not working as strenuously as before.
Compression therapy has changed over the years and has become a major player in the health field. Compression garments/stockings are usually prescribed for the following conditions:
- Edema (swelling) of the ankles and feet
- Pregnancy – the extra weight of the baby can press on nerves and the compression relives some of the pressure. The added strain in pregnant woman can cause heavy, tired and achy legs as well as varicose veins to develop.
- Varicose Veins – many people have a family history of varicose veins and may want to protect their own legs. If they have had vein stripping for the varicose veins then they must wear the compression stockings to keep their veins working optimally.
- Diabetics – are usually prescribed as a protective measure. Many diabetics encounter leg ulcers because of poor circulations in their legs which can take a long time to heal. The compression stockings prevent the lack of blood flow to the legs thereby keeping the skin healthy. When the skin becomes fragile it is much easier for the skin to break down which is how the ulcer begins. Having the blood pumping at its regular strength helps the body and skin to heal. When it’s sluggish the body isn’t producing enough oxygen and the area will not heal as quickly. Compression stockings are never prescribed/worn when the ulcer is actively weeping, but can be used at the end of the healing process to help hasten the healing and protect the fragile new skin surrounding the healed area.
- Orthopaedics – It has been discovered that wearing compression stocking when a person has an injury or surgery to the lower extremities it will help heal the area as well as add additional support. Studies also show that if you continue to wear compression in the years following the injury you become less likely to encounter problems with injury as you age.
- Prevention of thromboses- There has been a lot of information out there about wearing compression stockings or socks as a preventative measure. Flight attendants and pilots are now regularly wearing for preventative measures. There are some people who are predisposed to developing thromboses due to previous illness/ damage to their circulatory system.
- Long term standing or sitting-this applies to anyone who is standing on their feet for their long periods of time such as nurses and teachers. As well as those who sit for long periods such as those working at a call centre.
- Exercising- The compression effect has been proven to optimally enhance blood circulation, and also reduces both swelling and the risk of muscular micro-tears (muscular soreness) and supports regeneration following physical exertion. During the 2010 Winter Olympics all athletes were provided and wore compression garments. There are other compression garments that are prescribed; they usually stem from cancer treatments or the after effects of those treatments such as lymphoedema; as well as some disease processes.
You will need to get a prescription from your Dr. to get theses. On the prescription it will need to have:
- Your name
- The amount of compression
- A diagnosis (reason needing them) – as no Health Plan will cover without it; (most health plans do cover but please check yours to make sure & how many pairs are covered)
- How ever many repeats you want. The prescription is good for 1 year.
JUST CALL US today to get started! Carol Lynn 902-229-8843.