Introducing BrightLife Go

BrightLife Go Compression Socks LogoWe have exciting news! We’ve created a new website to offer you more options for fashionable and athletic compression socks and stockings. BrightLife Go, which launched in March, features new brands that have never been offered by BrightLife Direct before now. New brands include: RejuvaHealth, Sockwell, CEP, Zensah and VIM&VIGR. The site also includes athletic and stylish items from Sigvaris, Therafirm and Solidea.

So, why did we launch this new site? Over the last few years, more and more people have to come to realize the benefits of wearing compression socks and stockings. With this renewed interest in compression garments comes a greater demand for variety and wear-ability. We are frequently asked if we carry socks that are not just “black or beige” and more people are looking exclusively for athletic compression sleeves for running and biking. While BrightLife Direct will continue to focus on affordable medical compression, BrightLife Go will focus on socks and stockings in a wide variety of colors and patterns and with a renewed emphasis on sports compression.

You can of course expect to receive the same great customer service you always get with BrightLife Direct; same staff with an additional site and more products!

Here are some of the great new additions to BrightLife Go:

RejuvaHealth Knee Highs in Herringbone

RejuvaHealth Knee Highs in Herringbone
15-20 mmhg and 20-30 mmhg

Sockwell Polka Dot Socks

Sockwell On the Spot socks in Black
15-20 mmHg

Purple-Charcoal Argyle Socks

VIM&VIGR Argyle Socks
15-20 mmHg

 RejuvaHealth Sheer Dot Stockings

RejuvaHealth Sheer Dot Stockings
15-20 mmHg and 20-30 mmHg

CEP Socks on BrightLIfe Go

CEP Running Socks
20-30 mmHg

Please check out the new site and let us know what you think!

 

 

Best Socks for Veterinarians

Our Director of Security – Oslo the standard schnauzer, just came home from a visit to the vet.  At 7 months old it was time to be spayed.  Thanks to the doctors and staff at Friendship Animal Hospital for taking such great care of our girl.  She came out wagging her tail, and her adjustment to wearing a cone has already provided many comical moments.

In the visits to Friendship these past few days, the only people I saw sitting were the pets and their owners.  The entire staff, from the people working at the front desk, to the techs and vets taking care of the animals, never sat down.

So why would a veterinarian wear compression socks? When you’re standing all day, gravity has an enormous effect on the circulation of your blood.  You may remember from anatomy class, blood pumps from your heart into arteries, which carries the fresh, oxygenated blood to all of your extremities. Veins bring the blood back to your heart and lungs for more oxygen. When we stand, the veins have to work a great deal harder to move that blood from our feet back to the heart. So, as the day wears on our feet and ankles start to swell, and our legs feel tired, heavy, and achy. We feel this way because all of the blood isn’t making it back up to the heart, it’s pooling in our ankles (thus the swelling). Graduated compression socks help the veins push blood back up to your heart. These socks increase blood circulation and reducing pressure on your veins.

Medical staff from doctors, to nurses and vets, have been wearing them for years.

Recommended socks for Veterinarians:

Allegro Athletic Support Socks: This unisex stocking has a soft padded foot portion, and a wide comfortable top-band.  Made with Cool-Max Polyester, they will keep your feet comfortable all day.

Sigvaris Cushioned Cotton: Available in 15-20mmhg, or 20-30mmHg for those that need more support, this sock is woven so only cotton touches the skin.  A low friction toe-seam prevents irritation.

Jobst ActiveWear: From the #1 brand, this sock for men and women comes in four compression levels.  It’s extremely comfortable and fits a wide range of sizes.

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Treating a Venous Leg Ulcer: Compression Hosiery vs Compression Bandages

A venous stasis ulcer is an open sore on your lower leg caused by poor circulation or venous insufficiency.  Venous ulcers are usually treated with compression, either bandaging or compression stockings, and on average take about 3 months to heal.  They often recur, and once healed, compression stockings should be worn daily to prevent a recurrence.

ulcer care stocking and bandagingAs reported in The Lancet, a clinical study was recently completed comparing the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of four layer bandaging and a two part ulcer care stocking.   Going into the study, it was assumed that bandaging was the most effective form of treatment, but there are drawbacks to this method.  Bandages are difficult for a patient to apply, they can slip, and due to their bulky nature, reduce ankle and leg mobility.  This in turn can have a negative impact on a patients quality of life.

Ulcer care compression stockings consist of two stockings.  A lower compression liner, and a higher compression outer stocking.  Together they deliver a compression of 40mmHg at the ankle.  This system is easier to apply, fits in most shoes, and over the course of treatment is less expensive.

The study conducted in England and Northern Ireland, randomly assigned 457 participants into two groups: 230 to two-layer hosiery, and 227 to the four-layer bandaging.  The results for healing were almost identical, 99 days for the hosiery group and 98 days for the bandage group.  The cost for treating the hosiery group was lower by about $480 over the course of a year.  The increased cost for the bandaging group was mainly due to more frequent nursing consultations.

What was unexpected, were the number of participants in the hosiery group that switched to another form of treatment.  It was almost 10% higher than the participants in the bandaging group.  Going into the study it was assumed that stockings would be more comfortable and easier to apply, and therefore the preferred treatment.  This wasn’t the case with some of the older participants.

Although not officially part of the study, the researchers did find a lower recurrence of ulcers in the hosiery group.  It was postulated that these participants would be more likely to wear stockings for maintenance after their ulcer healed, and the evidence supports this theory.

Pete@BrightLife Direct
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New Harmony Armsleeves and Gauntlets from Mediven

I hate to share this news, but the Medi 95 series of lymphedema products is getting discontinued! Fortunately, the new line of Medi armsleeves and gauntlets are even better. WE PROMISE. The new line is called Harmony and they’re already available on our site.

So, what’s so great about Harmony? We’ll tell you:

  • Detail of Ellipse on Harmony ArmsleeveThe elbow has “ellipses” in the fabric. Your elbow and inner elbow require the most flexibility and range of motion in an armsleeve. Mediven has changed the stitching and fabric texture here to improve comfort and range of motion, so no more uncomfortable wrinkles or stiff arm. These markings also help you get proper placement of the sleeve on your arm.

 

  • Mediven Harmony Massage KnitThe interior fabric features a new massaging texture. You can see the difference in fabric (shown on right) and feel it immediately. The rigged fabric stimulates the lymphatic system under the skin to help move fluid.

 

 

  • More sizes! Harmony comes in 14 different sizes, with extra wide options for the upper arm – which means you’ll find a better fit.

Harmony will be available in both 20-30 mmHg and 30-40 mmHg. In the armsleeve, you’ll have the option of a silicone dot band or no top band at all. Currently the gauntlet and armsleeve combination and an armsleeve with the silicone top band are available. Armsleeves without the top band and gauntlets will be available to order on April 15th, 2014.

If you’re really attached to the 95 Series of Medi products, I suggest you shop now. Once the inventory in our warehouse is gone – we won’t be able to order more!