After an injury or without injury due to some pathological condition swelling is present in your hand, arm leg, foot, or thigh. This swelling or edema can restrict your movement and causing pain. For the edema, At Elite Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre we have a compression therapy unit. At our clinic, our Physiotherapists combine Compression therapy with movement and it is scientifically proven that when you walk and activate your calf muscles, compression helps “pump” blood back to your heart. This combo can reduce swelling in the legs.
Compression therapy is a simple and effective means of increasing blood flow activity in the lower limbs through strengthening vein support. It’s a form of wound care that aims to gently apply pressure to the ankles and legs by wearing specifically designed compression bandages/stockings. Also, we can use this for abdominal and upper limb as well like post breast surgery we can use this because females get Edema of upper limb post breast surgery
Types of compression
• Compression stockings
• Compression wraps
• mechanical compression devices, such as a compressed air device
Compression therapy works by applying controlled pressure to the surface veins, keeping their diameter small, and returning blood to the deep vein system which in turn pushes the blood upward toward the heart. Improved blood flow helps in the healing of active ulcers and preventing ulcer recurrences.
Pressing the injury helps reduce and prevent swelling. Reducing pain – Inflammation also causes the injury to hurt more because it puts a lot of pressure on the injured area. Since compressing can be reduce swelling, it also promotes pain relief.