Blood circulation typically gets more difficult for the body as one gets older, and genetics, injuries or certain medical treatments can exacerbate the effects. A number of medical problems in the extremities can result. Lymphedema is one of the most known and most painful, but many suffer from swollen limbs or aching legs as a result of poor circulation. Compression garments and Lymphedema machines from Parentgiving are made to improve blood flow and provide relief from symptoms. We carry an array of leg pumps for circulation and edema therapy along with compression sleeves to prevent swelling and fluid retention that can lead to serious long-term damage.
Edema pumps are often recommended by doctors to those who are bedridden or have severely restricted mobility due to age, disability or recent surgery. A pneumatic compression pump pushes air into a sleeve that is wrapped around the limb, applying a cycle of pressure and relaxation that forces any lymph fluid back into the system while stimulating blood flow to the affected area. An intermittent leg circulation pump from Parentgiving is easy to set up and can be used to treat conditions such as venous ulceration and deep vein thrombosis along with lymphedema. Adjustable pressure ranges allow for mild or intense treatments without distressing patients.
The right garment for your pump is vital as well, and we carry a number of different compression sleeves and wraps to meet your needs. You’ll find half-leg compression garments, full-leg sleeves, thigh wraps and arm compression wraps to promote circulation. Select pumps support gradient compression garments that have increased pressure for the areas that need it most. Whether you or a someone else needs circulation therapy for a chronic condition or to recover from an injury, you can get the right compression pump for leg swelling and matching sleeves to get more blood flowing. We have great prices and knowledgeable customer service that is experienced with lymphedema therapy and will guide you in product selection and use.
Edema pumps, technically known as compression pumps, counteract potentially dangerous swelling, primarily in your limbs. The systems may be used in the hospital, such as when you are bedridden after surgery, for example, and unable to get out of bed and walk, compromising your circulation. They can also be used to prevent swelling problems. Home edema pumps and lymphedema therapy products are often prescribed for the same reason.
A compression pump typically consists of the pump unit itself and “garments” or sleeves that are placed over your limbs as needed and connected to the compression pump base. The compression pump then provides intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) therapy—think of it as alternating, gentle squeezes of the area being treated—to assist blood and fluid flow, which might have been negatively affected by illness or injury. By applying compression at prescribed intervals to one or both arms or one or both legs, blood flow is increased and extra fluid is cleared. IPC mimics the natural pumping action of muscles that normally return fluid back into the vascular and lymphatic systems.
Your doctor may suggest IPC therapy for you at home to help with wound healing as well as decreased swelling and to improve circulation. It’s safe and easy to use and can usually be applied at a convenient time for you. Compression pumps are not at all uncomfortable; you will experience a slight feeling of tightening, though much less than the sensation of a blood pressure cuff, for instance, and the machines don’t make a lot of noise.
There are some precautions and caveats. While some compression pumps can aid in wound healing, they should not be used if a wound is infected. There are other conditions that prohibit their use including active DVT, severe congestive heart failure or arteriosclerosis, to name a few. Work with your doctor on the proper use of an edema pump and to know which type of therapy you’ll benefit from most. Systems have different delivery systems and work with either “single chamber” uniform compression arm or leg garments or “three chamber gradient sequential” arm or leg garments that provide a 10 percent reduction in pressure in each chamber distally to proximally.
Note that compression pumps and companion sleeves are usually sold separately—you’ll need to buy the recommended sleeves for the edema pump you select. Usually a wide variety of arm and leg garment sizes are available including half leg, full leg, half arm and full arm options as well as inserts that are added to garments to increase their circumference to accommodate larger limbs.
There are also products on the market that use IPC type action in a more therapeutic than medical system. For instance, the Revitaleg Portable Pneumatic Compression Leg Massager delivers intermittent pneumatic compression massage by inflating and deflating the cuff, which you wrap around your calf or foot. The squeezing of the muscles acts as a pump to help improve circulation in the lower leg and foot and reduce swelling caused by edema. It fits calf sizes up to 20" and has three massage modes and three pressures plus a patterned massage, depending on whether you want to relieve muscle aches and pain or boost circulation.