Compression therapy is the application of external pressure to the limb to reduce venous pressure within the limb.
It reduces the lymph fluid (edema) and brings the limb to a dry state using ongoing maintenance with compression treatments and compression garments.
GOALS OF ELASTIC COMPRESSION THERAPY
- To prevent a decrease in blood flow velocity
- To restore blood flow velocity to normal
- To reduce or prevent edema
- It is of utmost importance that compression be graduated
- Strongest compression at the ankle and decreasing in the proximal direction