WHAT ARE COMPRESSION BANDAGES OR BANDAGES?
Pressure bandages or bandages are bandages that put pressure on a specific part of the body. Bandaging is therefore a special way of bandaging that is used for people who suffer from fluid retention, swelling or an injury. By applying an elastic bandage, pressure is created on the body part, so that the moisture is pressed out of the tissue through the bandage. It is therefore intended that the elastic bandage reduces the moisture accumulation in this way. Adhesive bandages or stretches are often used as a compression bandage for applying a compression bandage and for support after an injury. In addition, bandages are also suitable as a dressing after using gauze on a wound.
HOW DOES A PRESSURE BANDAGE WORK?
Pressure bandages are bandages that put pressure on a specific part of the body. When bandaging, the bandage is pulled tightly around the affected area of the skin of the limb. This often involves the legs. Due to the pressure exerted in this way by the bandage, the blood is, as it were, forced out of the vessels. The blood then ends up in the underlying blood vessels, where it is automatically absorbed into the blood circulation and eventually returns to the heart. As a result, fluid accumulations decrease, resulting in a faster recovery after, for example, an accident or injury.
WHAT TYPES OF COMPRESSION BANDAGES OR BANDAGES ARE THERE?
There are different types of bandages and compression bandages. A short stretch bandage is less elastic than a long stretch bandage and puts a lot of pressure on a leg when it is in motion. Short stretch bandages work best when someone moves a lot (is mobile) and are used as a compression bandage when treating, for example, a surplus of edema after an accident or injury. Short stretch bandages provide a high working pressure and a low resting pressure on, for example, one leg, so that the short stretch bandage can also remain in place at night. With someone who rests a lot and therefore moves little, you can use a long stretch bandage. A long stretch bandage provides high pressure at rest. You put on the long stretch bandage in the morning and remove the elastic bandage for the night. Bandages are usually self-adhesive and elastic.