What to Expect from Your Fitting
Are you looking to get fitted with a compression garment and need to know what you should expect? As you might already know, compression garments are critical in restoring proper blood flow to your body parts. In addition, with correct garment fitting, you get to reduce your muscle fatigue, prevent excessive straining, lower the risk of sore muscles, improve on exertion and promote better oxygen flow in the muscles. In this piece, we tell you what to expect when going for a garment fitting.
If you are going for a first-time fitting, you will need a professional to do the fitting. In addition, if it is not your first time, then you have a clear understanding of how important it is to get your garment fitting right.
Essentially, it is advisable to ensure that the fitting expert is registered with the appropriate bodies and specializes in areas such as Lipoedema or Lymphoedema. You should ensure that the person fitting you is up to date with new technology and observes the best practices when fitting patients with compression garments.
Typically, you can buy a compression garment from a store or a compression garments shop. However, if you are going for a customized fitting, the wrong size or compression can make the whole fitting feel uncomfortable.
Finding the Best Garment for You
Before going for a fitting session, it is essential to talk to your doctor about the right compression garment for you. This is critical since it gives you an idea of the type of compression garment you want and the grade you should get fitted with.
Normally, there are three compression grades:
The moderate grade – has compression rated at 15-20 mmHg. Garments of this rating are of relatively low pressure and relieve joint pain and aching in some body parts. In addition, there are mild compression garments rated 8-15 mmHg that is very helpful in promoting mild blood circulation. They are crucial for preventing and removing mild varicose and spider veins. If you are a long-distance traveler and tend to develop soreness and stiffness, moderate-grade stockings are a great idea.
Firm Grade – compression garments in this grade are rated between 20 and 30 mmHg. Since the compression pressure is quite high, these garments promote proper circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. Therefore, unlike for patients needing to relieve joint pain and muscle aches, firm compression garments are ideal for patients or people in a postoperative period. In addition, conditions such as blood pooling in your feet or diabetic neuropathy can warrant the need for firm-grade garments.
Extra-firm garments – with compression ratings ranging from 30 to 40 mmHg, are used for reasons similar to firm-grade garments. However, the main difference is the need for more pressure to alleviate particular symptoms and improve blood flow. In most cases, you can use extra firm compression if your blood circulation is very wanting or you have hypertension or severe edema.
You have probably come across the phrase ‘medical-grade compression garments.’ Essentially, medical-grade garments offer the highest level of compression available – 40 to 50 mmHg. However, you can only get these garments through medical prescription and rehabilitation operations. In most cases, the garments are used for post-surgery operations to promote a better flow of blood and prevent blood pooling.
What Compression Devices Can I Expect?
Compression garments or devices come in the following broad categories.
Bandages – A compression bandage is a strip of woven fabric that is elastic and specifically designed to relieve pain and swelling. With bandages, you can relieve pain or soreness from any part of your body just by wrapping.
Stockings and compression socks – These are probably the most popular compression devices. They provide circulatory relief as well as a pain treatment for your feet and legs. Essentially, they are made of strong, breathable material that compresses your legs without preventing airflow on your legs.
Sleeves – Compression sleeves are long tubes of fabric designed to compress the joints on your limbs. They are commonly used to relieve pain in elbows, knees, calves, arms, and ankles.
Gloves – These small garments are designed for your hand and fingers. They are essential in relieving carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and Raynaud’s disease.
How the Fitting Works
Before you can get fitted, the fitting specialist will need to evaluate the nature of the garment you require. Essentially, they will diagnose your problem and then fit you depending on your condition. Some of the most common conditions that you can get fitted for include:
- Primary and Secondary Lymphoedema
- Venous problems
- Long periods of no mobility
- Oedema and Lipoedema
In addition, the specialist will need to know about your medical history, the sizes of your limbs, and any skin condition that you might be suffering from.
With that, you can tell that an excellent garment fitting for you requires an experienced specialist. Essentially, you would want the fitting done right to relieve you of your pain and give you comfort