2013 Compression Hosiery Buyer’s Guide

Once a year BrightLife Direct publishes our Buyer’s Guide. The 2013 edition mailed the first week of January. More than a catalog, it’s filled with information to help both long time wearers and first time buyers of compression hosiery find the products that will work best for them. There are detailed descriptions of each brand, and FAQ’s throughout that answer questions about Lymphedema treatment, Diabetes, and Compression Alternatives.

Our Buyer’s Guide is used by hospitals and clinics all over the country to educate their patients about compression therapy, and make it easy for them to find the right garment.

This year we combined our Semi-Annual Allegro Buy-3-Get-1-Free Sale flyer with our Buyer’s Guide. The Allegro sale is on right now, and ends Jan 27th. We’ve also added coupons inside the front cover, for brands like Jobst, Sigvaris, Therafirm, LympheDiva’s and Curad. Valid at different times of the year, they can help you save hundreds on your compression therapy needs.

If you’ve never purchased from us and are not on our mailing list, you can request a Buyer’s Guide here. If you would like to order bulk copies for a hospital or clinic, please email us at catalog@brightlifedirect.com. To view our Buyer’s Guide online and save a little paper, click here.

Pete@BrightLife Direct

JoVi Pak – A Leader in Lymphedema Treatment

In the world of lymphedema treatment, everyone knows JoVi Pak for their unique and high quality products. The company was started in 2000 by JoAnn Rovig. JoAnn is a breast cancer survivor and lymphedema patient, and was the first lymphedema therapist in the Pacific Northwest.

JoVi Pak (JVP) makes pads to fit any part of the body, filled with foam chips. When used under a compression garment or bandaging, the foam gently massages the tissue, moving lymph fluid and waste away from the affected area. JVP only uses foam made in the US that is free from toxic chemicals, which can be found in many other polyurethane foams. Outer fabrics are made by Polartec, so pads are extremely durable and can be machine washed and dried.

These same quality materials are used to make upper and lower extremity garments that can be worn at night, used as a bandage liner, or in combination with a JoVi Jacket that provides compression similar to short-stretch bandaging.

JVP also distributes the Bellisse Compressure Comfort Bra. This unique garment is used by mastectomy and lumpectomy patients to treat edema, lymphedema, and/or radiation fibrosis. It has built-in pockets designed to hold specialized pads that protect sensitive areas and gently break-up fibrotic tissue. Most of these pads can also be used in a sport or mastectomy bra.

Pete@BrightLife Direct

Real World – Medi Patriot vs Juzo Basic Ribbed

Ribbed knee highs in 20-30 mmHg are our biggest selling style of compression stockings. Today I’m comparing Juzo Basic Ribbed (size 2) with Mediven Patriot (size Medium). Both are from their respective manufacturer’s economy line of stockings. Juzo Ribbed are $35.91 and Patriots are $43.18 per pair. Both can be machine washed and dried per the manufacturer.

The Juzo’s are available in three colors, black, khaki, and white, and come in regular and short lengths. Medi Patriot comes in black and navy, regular length only.

Both socks feel the same out of the box, but the similarities end there. The foot on the Patriot fits perfectly. No annoying toe seam. There’s a lot of extra room in the toe of the Juzo. I wear a 9.5 men’s shoe, so someone with a larger foot would do better in the Juzo Basic. Around the heel area of the Patriot, a lot of skin shows through because the fabric is stretched. This is not the case with the Basic.

juzo basic and medi patriot foot detailPulling the stockings up, the Patriot has just enough length so the band is 2 finger widths below the crease of my knee, right where it should be. Like the foot, there’s extra length in the Basic. After positioning the band, I need to smooth out some wrinkles with the palms of my hands.

Midday I need to pull the Medi up a little. They’ve slid down about an inch. The Juzos are just fine. That extra length in the leg kept them from getting tugged down.

It’s the end of the day and I have a slight preference for the Patriot. The foot fit me better. Someone with a larger foot and/or longer leg would do better with the Juzo Basic. In taking them off, I notice that both have garment tags… a nice touch. The tag on the Juzo is traditional, and tacked to the inside of the sock. The tag on the Medi is embroidered into the top band. There’s also a pink M embroidered on the foot. If you’re like me, and have a pile of dark socks that all look the same on laundry day, any identifying mark is a very welcome sight.

Pete@BrightLife Direct