Promoting Lymphatic Research + Giveaway!

Lymphedema is a chronic lymphatic disease that affects 10 million Americans and hundreds of millions worldwide. Symptoms include swelling in one or more parts of the body. Although many people are affected by lymphedema, many patients go undiagnosed or untreated due to a lack of knowledge and resources. To change this, many organizations, companies, doctors and patients are coming together to promote awareness and find a cure for lymphedema.

LE&RN

The Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 to promote research in the fields of lymphatic diseases, lymphedema, and related disorders. Through their industry outreach program, LE&RN has established partnerships with the biotech and pharmaceutical industries working to find improved treatments and cures.

The Lymphatic Education & Research Network offers support and provides resources to lymphedema patients, including a tool to find a local lymphedema therapist. LE&RN has established a patient registry and tissue bank to serve as a repository of information for current and future researchers. Several fellowship grants are awarded each year to doctors, scientists, and organizations working in the field of lymphatic research. The immediate goal is to expand our understanding of the lymphatic system.

Actress Kathy Bates partnered up with the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) to build awareness about lymphedema. Some people are born with it, others, like Kathy Bates develop lymphedema after a mastectomy. Lymphedema is commonly caused after the lymph nodes are damaged or removed from breast cancer treatment, or it may develop after injury or surgery.

Medi For Help

Mediven, a compression hosiery company, is making a difference in Haiti. Medi For Help was founded in 2010 after an earthquake struck the country leaving more than 300,000 men, women and children injured. This relief project provides amputees with lower limb prostheses and offers orthopedic, wound care and lymphedema treatment. Medi For Help has provided treatment to 4,500 Haitians and counting. The project provides support once the patient starts walking again. Medi For Help also now treats patients with diabetes or those recovering from a car accident.

Compression Garments To Manage Lymphedema

Although there’s no cure for lymphedema (yet!) the condition can be managed with the help of a lymphedema therapist, compression garments, Manual Lymph Drainage, and other techniques. Many compression companies are paving the way in wound care and lymphedema treatment to provide innovative, comfortable and effective high compression garments.

Strong & Durable Wraps

Compression wraps are a great alternative to high compression garments and are much easier to put on. Many brands like CircAid, BiaCare and Solaris offer durable and effective options to manage lymphedema. Browse our Wrap Catalog for a variety of ankle, thigh high and full leg wraps.

Everyday Compression For Lymphedema

Many brands offer compression knee highs, thigh highs, pantyhose and armsleeves in high compression levels to manage lymphedema. Choose from a variety of sizes, styles, fabrics and compression levels to find the perfect fit for you. Each brand offers different sizing, so make sure to check the size charts for an accurate fit. Save yourself some work and use our Size Machine to automatically calculate your size in all the biggest brands!

Stylish and Supportive Options

Say goodbye to boring old beige armsleeves and stockings. Introducing LympheDivas fashionable compression armsleeves, gloves and gauntlets in a variety of sizes, lengths and compression levels for the perfect look and feel. Looking for more patterned armsleeves? Try the Juzo Signature sleeves, available in three compression levels. Add some style to any outfit in the Juzo Dream Collection, available in a variety of knee highs, thigh highs, leggings, pantyhose and armsleeves in solid and tie-dye seasonal colors.

Lymphedema Awareness Month Giveaway!

In honor of the second annual World Lymphedema Day on Monday, March 6, 2017, BrightLife will be offering a $100 gift card for lymphedema compression garments. Through the month of March, enter to win below!

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Try Compression Wraps without the Risk

Solaris ReadyWrap CalfCompression wraps are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to compression socks and stockings. Why? Because with simple velcro straps, they can be much easier to get on than strong compression stockings. Many customers find them to be more comfortable on sensitive or ulcerated skin, and better at controlling moderate to severe edema and lymphedema. But, until recently, many of the popular wrap brands did not allow returns – so trying a wrap for the first time involved a bit of financial risk. In the last few weeks, this has happily changed!

Now Farrow Medical and Solaris will be allowing customers to return the compression wraps for any reason. We understand that buying compression products is a tricky process because everyone’s body is shaped differently, and everyone’s personal taste is different. That’s why we’ve always had an easy return/exchange process for compression stockings. The addition of these brands to our “No Questions Asked Return Policy” gives customers more options to find the most comfortable fit.

Have you been wanting to try a Solaris ReadyWrap or FarrowWrap? Now’s the time! See what customers are saying about these great products:

“I love my wrap. It is light weight and easy to use. I have a hard time with my grip so this wrap was the way to go.”ReadyWrap Calf Unit

“This is the best device I’ve found so far for treatment of my wife’s lymphedema in her lower leg. Her leg got very large to the point that compression stockings were almost impossible to get on especially over her calf. The stockings were, also, very uncomfortable as the cut into the creases at the top of her foot near the ankle. The FarrowWrap let’s you adjust the amount of compression you want to use and she says is very comfortable. I usually put it on for her but she can also don it herself with a little effort. I would recommend this product to anyone, any age, and just about any strength level. I just purchased a second one for her.” – FarrowWrap Basic Leg Piece

“My father has very swollen feet and regular compression socks are so difficult to put on. This wrap work really well and helped reduces the swelling in his feet.” – ReadyWrap Foot Unit

“Thank you, FarrowWrap, for designing a comfortable wrap for sleeping…it is light, feels good, and is really easy and fast to wrap and unwrap…it almost makes the lymphedema in my arm fun (only kidding!).” – FarrowWrap Arm Sleeve

In addition to Farrow and Solaris, CircAid and Juzo also offer an open return policy on their compression wraps.

Compression Stockings/Compression Wraps – What’s the difference?

Compression stockings and alternative compression wraps look different, and are donned differently, but the most significant difference is the type of compression each provides.

wrap blogTraditional compression stockings for the most part, look like regular socks.   What makes them different, is the graduated static compression they provide when you put them on.

What is graduated static compression?   Compression is pressure.  Graduated means the level of compression changes from one end of the sock to the other.  The pressure is greatest at the furthest point out on your leg or distal point, in this case your ankle, and gradually decreases as it gets closer to where your leg is attached to your body, or proximal point.   To effectively move blood and fluid toward your heart and lungs, it’s very important that the compression be graduated.  Static means the compression is constant.  Whether you are standing, walking, sitting or laying down, the sock is squeezing your leg with the same amount of compression at any given point.

Alternative Compression Wraps like Juxta-Lite, ReadyWrap, FarrowWrap and CompreFit are made from strips of fabric that are sewn together, with a piece of Velcro at the end of each strip.  The fabric is called short-stretch, and will only stretch a little bit.  To put these garments on, starting at the ankle, you wrap the bands around your leg and secure each with the Velcro.  Compression wraps provide graduated compression too, but it is dynamic.

Dynamic compression changes.  Rather than putting constant pressure on your legs, the short-stretch fabric provides resistance against the movement of your muscles.  So when you’re active there is more compression, and when you’re resting there is less compression.   This means compression wraps can be worn for longer periods of time, which makes them a very good choice for individuals with chronic edema or lymphedema.

It’s important to know that Ace Bandages are not alternative compression wraps.  They provide static compression that is not graduated.

For Lymphedema Professionals

BrightLife Direct has responded to the many Professional Therapists and Nurses who have been requesting wrapping devices for their patients in the early bandaging phase of treatment.  The goal is to reduce severe swelling caused by venous disease or lymphedema.  Once swelling has been reduced, continuing treatment can then be easily self-managed with the help of over-the-counter elastic or compression garments.

The Solaris and Farrow Medical wrapping devices are made of series of short stretch bandages that wrap around the arm, leg, hand or foot and are held in place with simple Velco (R) fasteners.  This provides easy adjustments for a “custom-fit” and can be put on and taken off very easily.  These products are especially beneficial for patients who can not easily bend or who don’t have sufficient strength to pull on elastic compression stockings.

We also offer Solaris Swell Spots which can be worn with bandaging on just about any part of the body.  The innovative “chip foam-technology” gently stimulates the underlying tissue, breaking down fibrotic tissues and encouraging the release of interstitial fluids and waste products, that can then be removed by the lymphatic system.

The Solaris Joint Jackets protect injured ankle or knee joints, increase circulation to help you heal faster, and reduce swelling.   The Pro model includes the therapeutic base unit and exterior support unit with Velcro closures.  The bandage liners require short stretch bandaging over top of the garment to provide compression.

In the coming weeks we will be adding a selection of bandages and other products that Professional Therapists have requested.  Our goal is to provide a one-stop-shop for Medical  Professionals and their patients – with the full compliment of BrightLife Direct’s customer service, fast shipping – and discounted prices!

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