When kinesiology tape is applied to an inflamed or swollen area, the lifting motion of the tape creates a space between the top layer of skin and the underlying tissues. This space creates a pressure gradient between this area and the surrounding tissues that allows fluids to move into the lymphatic vessels to be eliminated from the body.
Lymph taping can safely and gently relieve swelling resulting from surgery, medical conditions or injuries, including swollen feet and ankles, sprains, lymphoedema, and ankle oedema related to pregnancy or congestive heart failure.
Compression bandaging refers to a specific technique utilising multiple layers of several materials to create safe and effective gradient compression.
Benefits of Compression Bandaging
- Helps the flow of lymph through the lymph vessels
- Aids in muscle conditioning
- Prevents refilling of fluid into the tissue
- Reduces tissue hardening (fibrosis)
Compression bandaging is part of the Phase 1 Combined Decongestive Therapy to reduce the swelling and prepare for measurement for garments.
In Phase 1 process you are educated on the importance of wearing a Compression Garment. A treatment plan is set up that incorporates the use of compression bandaging to reduce the swelling, which is preparing you to be fitted for a Garment.
Garments are selected by the size of the body part.
Early diagnosis means an off-the-shelf (OTS) product can be utilised. We choose between three different suppliers for the OTS garments.
If an OTS garment is not acceptable for use, measurements are taken and a custom made garment needs to be ordered.