Compression Arm Sleeves, Gloves & Gauntlets
While many people are familiar with compression socks and stockings, there are also compression garments for the upper extremities. Similar to those for the legs, compression sleeves, gloves and gauntlets create a graduated pressure in the arm and/or hand that can reduce swelling (edema), pain and fluid retention. They can also increase lymph flow. They’re primarily used for medical conditions that cause blockage in the lymphatic system like lymphedema and for some circulatory system disorders.
A compression sleeve is a fabric tube in a flexible material, usually a seamless circular knit. Depending on style, some feel softer, others will be firmer. The sleeve is tighter at the bottom, closer to the hand, than it is at the top. This is called graduated compression and it helps lymph move in the right direction, towards the heart. It also improves circulation. The sleeve attaches either with a shoulder…
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