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Compression (4) Specialized Aids
Compression Aids are constructed of foam and fabric that are available in a variety of styles that can be worn at night or during the day. They are available in a variety of styles some are padded custom-fitted garments with stitching to guide the flow of lymph. Other styles have features to soften fibrotic tissues.
The ReidSleeve is a custom-fitted compression aid named for the inventor Dr. Tony Reid. These garments are made for arms or legs and they are fitted with adjustable straps and Velcro closures that make it possible to apply precise pressure where needed along the limb.
JoVi Pak manufactures compression aids that are ready-made, or custom designed, for use on the extremities. Although sleeves are shown here, similar garments are available for use on the legs.
Contour pads are compression aids used in treating truncal lymphedema. These pads, which are worn to control swelling and to soften fibrotic tissue, are usually held firmly in place by a bra that opens in the front. The pad wraps from the anterior (front) midline to the midline in the posterior (back) midline of the affected side.
Other maufactures sell garments with similar construction. Also available are specialized styles and pads, known as Swell Spots, that aid in treating lymphedema and in healing sports injuries.
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