There are 3 different types of Compression Garment Therapies:
General Compression Therapy: This type has been effective in treating venous stasis, venous stasis ulcers and venous insufficiency due to the mechanism by which normal venous blood flow returns to the heart. The veins in which the return system of the human circulatory system have no smooth muscle in their walls as the arteries, the blood delivery system, does. The blood is moved through the venous system by the contraction of skeletal muscles, which compress the deep veins. This forces venous blood upward and the one-way valve in the veins prevents downward back-flow. The compression hosiery or socks assist this process tremendously and help to prevent complications due to poor circulation.
Static Compression Therapy: The compression garments provide graduated pressure from the ankle proceeding up the lower leg and ending just below the knee. The greatest pressure is at the foot , ankle and averages between 30 mmHg and 40 mmHg. The exact pressure can vary depending on the type of bandages or stockings used.
Dynamic Compression Therapy: This is characterized by external pressure applied by mechanical pumping device. This pressure is applied from the foot proceeding up the lower leg and ending just below the knee. In some cases, this therapy is utilized adjunctively while static compression bandages are on the patient and is not generally recommended for use for more than three consecutive hours a day. This type of compression is always used after undergoing surgical procedures and is only for patients with moderate to severe problems due to ailments that require external mechanical compression support.
PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE UNDERTAKING COMPRESSION THERAPY