WHAT IS GRADIENT COMPRESSION?
Gradient Compression therapy is the gold standard treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, lymphatic disorders, and other non-arterial leg swelling issues.
Compression has been proven to reduce leg swelling and to improve venous circulation. By squeezing the leg, compression mechanically improves the effectiveness of the calf muscle to help move fluid from the legs upwards towards the heart.
Compression Therapy has been 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.
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