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Tubular stockinette is used as the first layer of a multi-layered compression bandage to provide protection to the skin, and are available in either standard or elastic varieties. (read more)
The multi-layered compression bandage is the main component of the initial "intensive" phase of complete decongestive therapy, or "CDT", and is performed to reduce limb volume. The compression of the bandage is achieved by use of an outer layer of multiple overlapping short stretch compression bandages which create graded pressure that helps to move lymphatic fluid upward and out of an affected area.
Various foams and paddings are used as a second layer of the multi-layered compression bandage to help cushion the skin and distribute the compressive pressures created by the short stretch bandages. However, a tubular stockinette should still be used as the initial, inner layer to help provide an extra layer of protection for the skin. It is also advisable to use a suitable skin care lotion prior to applying the stockinette, to help keep the skin moist and healthy.
Tubular stockinette is available in either standard inelastic or elastic varieties, and are made from either 100% cotton or synthetic materials. The elastic tubular stockinette is woven to enable the stockinette to conform to the shape of the limb, and the elasticity of the fabric allows for the stockinette to accommodate swelling without discomfort or constriction.