Adhesive short stretch compression bandages are used for compression bandaging applications in the fields of phlebology and Lymphedema management, as well as sports medicine. The fabric of these compression bandages are covered with a layer of porously applied adhesive allowing them to remain securely in place. (read more)
Short stretch compression bandages are made from cotton fibers which are interwoven in a way that allows only for approximately 60% extensibility of their original length. When used in compression bandaging applications, the "short stretch" capacity of these bandages creates an external force against outward muscle contraction, otherwise known as working pressure. Conversely, while the muscles are at rest, the resting pressure of the short stretch bandages is low, thereby eliminating constriction or the "tourniquet effect" which would otherwise hinder the normal flow of body fluids.
Having the fabric covered with a porously applied adhesive enables these adhesive short stretch compression bandages to remain securely in place. However, the cotton content of the bandages remains permeable to air and water vapor, thereby offering good ventilation even when the bandage layers overlap. The multi-layered short stretch bandages also provide a semi-rigid barrier which helps to prevent the expansion of swelling or edema, and helps to support sprains and injuries in joint areas.
Various foams and paddings may be used to help cushion the skin and distribute the compressive pressures created by the short stretch bandages, or to provide additional targeted pressure points when extra pressure is needed to help treat fibrotic tissues.