At Edgar Family Chiropractic we carry Bauerfeind professional bracing and compression hosiery. Bauerfeind is a German company that has won many awards for the quality of their products and their commitment to innovation and research. From professional athletes to weekend warriors, these braces help to assist with a variety of conditions such as tendonitis, inflammation, osteoarthritis and many more!
Bauerfeind prides itself on making state of the art braces that are flexible and designed specifically to be used DURING active rehabilitation. Wearing these braces in combination with treatment and rehabilitation leads to quicker recovery and increased mobility! It allows some patients to avoid degenerative changes and surgery by preventing further injury to a joint or muscle.
Examples of the available braces:
Low Back Brace – This brace stabilizes the lower back and relieves pain by promoting correct posture. Great for anyone suffering from chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis or post- surgery.
Knee Brace – If you are experiencing pain, irritation or swelling in your knee(s), this brace helps redistribute the compression to the surrounding soft tissues and muscles! Great for anyone with a patellar tracking problem (patello-femoral syndrome), osteoarthritis, ligament and meniscal injury or post-surgery.
Elbow Brace – The elbow brace provides active support for strain relief and helps resolve spasms by redistributing compression to surrounding soft tissues. Mainly used for tendonitis such as “tennis elbow”.
Pregnancy Belt – A life saver for moms-to-be! This belt stabilizes and relieves pressure on the lower back and pelvis by distributing weight evenly and promoting blood flow!
What is venous insufficiency?
Our circulatory system is made up primarily of arteries and veins. Arteries are responsible for bringing oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body while veins return oxygen-poor blood back to the heart. When veins fail to do their job, venous insufficiency (VI) is the result. When we are in the upright position (sitting or standing), the blood in our leg veins must go against gravity to return to our heart. This is done with the help of small valves in our veins that prevent blood from going back down towards the feet. Leg and calf muscles squeeze the veins to help move blood towards the heart. When we are walking, this process works well because our muscles are more active but when we sit or stand for long periods of time, the blood in the veins can start to pool and this increases the pressure in the veins and on the valves. Our veins can handle increased pressure for short periods but if we continue to stand or sit for longer periods of time, the vein walls, as well as the valves, can start to stretch and weaken.
What are the symptoms?
swollen feet, ankles, and legs-tired, heavy, restless, aching, fatigued legs-pain with walking or after stopping-rashes, redness, sores, and ulcers.
What are some common causes of VI?
- family history of varicose veins
- being overweight
- not exercising enough
- standing or sitting for long periods of time
- long distance travel
How is venous insufficiency treated?
Although there are surgical options available for severe cases, most times, physicians will recommend or prescribe medical grade compression stockings/hosiery for both preventions of varicose veins and treatment of them.Medical compression hosiery improves venous blood flow by delivering a controlled amount of pressure, which is the greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top of the garment. The stockings squeeze the veins to stop excess blood pooling and the gradient pressure helps to control swelling and fatigue. Many patients report feeling rested and refreshed after wearing their stockings.
There are many different styles and lengths of compression hosiery for both men and women including casual, dress, sport, thigh-high and full pantyhose. There are also different compression levels depending on your needs and the extent of your venous insufficiency. For mild cases or for people looking to prevent varicose veins there is “mild support” providing 15-20 mmHg of pressure, while from more serious cases “moderate and firm support” is recommended providing 20-30 mmHg and 30-40 mmHg of pressure respectively.