Several weeks ago we did a blog about compression gauntlets. Are they necessary if there’s no sign of lymphedema in the hand? Based on the responses of the lymphedema therapists in the workshop we wrote about, the answer is a definite yes.
Our friend Josh Levin at LympheDivas read our blog and sent a link to a white paper on their website that covers the same subject matter. The paper was written by Dr. Andrea Cheville, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Cheville treated Josh’s sister Rachel, one of the founders of LympheDivas.
Like our lymphedema therapists, Dr. Cheville recommends the use of a glove or gauntlet with a sleeve. This is especially true when taking part in activities that increase lymph production, like airplane travel, exercise, and repetitive activities. Dr. Ceville likens a gauntlet to buying insurance. The risk of getting lymphedema in the hand is present for all with lymphedema in the arm. Using a gauntlet offers protection against that risk.
You can read the entire paper by Dr. Cheville here: USE OF GAUNTLETS AND COMPRESSION SLEEVES IN LYMPHEDEMA MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION