WHAT IS GRADIENT COMPRESSION THERAPY?
Gradient Compression therapy is the gold standard treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, lymphatic disorders, and other non-arterial fluid circulation problems of the lower limbs.
Gradient compression places venous blood back into circulation. It is the application of compression where the pressure is greatest at the ankle and gradually deceases toward the knee. This helps move fluid upwards towards the heart. Compression to the lower leg also increases the effectiveness of the calf-pump, which further improves venous blood flow.
Compression Therapy is used to treat a number of conditions and symptoms, including:
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Venous leg ulcers
Compression Therapy's Long History
Surprisingly, there has been very little innovation in compression therapy since the 1800s. That was when Dr. Paul Unna invented the original short-stretch bandage ("Unna's Boot").
Until now, standard care for compression therapy includes inelastic and elastic bandages and compression stockings. Unfortunately, bandages can only be applied by trained caregivers and compression stockings are difficult to apply and cannot be used by those with an ulcer or a weeping rash. These devices for the most part are difficult to use, applied inconsistently (too tight or not tight enough), and frustrating for patients who are often struggling with additional challenging conditions.
Do I Need Gradient Compression?
People who need gradient compression therapy can be anyone from people who have achy or strained legs to people with diseases and conditions that cause swelling in the legs. Conditions that can be treated with gradient compression are varicose veins, venous insufficiency, venous ulcers, lymphedema and most types of edema.
You may benefit from gradient compression if you have these symptoms:
Swelling in the leg and ankle
A feeling of heaviness or tightness in the lower leg
Restricted range of motion in your ankle
Hardening of the skin in your lower leg
Discomfort when standing or sedentary for long periods of time
These symptoms could be a sign of lymphedema, venous insufficiency, venous ulcers or edema. We recommend contacting your physician to find out if gradient compression is right for you.
Compression can be an effective tool in treating venous insufficiency, venous ulcers and lymphedema, however, it isn’t right for all patients. The Aero-Wrap™ is designed to improve the quality of life of those patients for whom compression is indicated. Your physician will be able to let you know if you should use a compression device and how much pressure to apply.