COMPRESSION THERAPY: A NATURAL PAIN MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVE

COMPRESSION THERAPY: A NATURAL PAIN MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVE

BY KIMBERLY BURNS, OTR/L, CLT

Compression is the force of pressure used for reducing volume. Compression therapy utilizes this concept through applying material to your body that has a specific gradient pressure to compensate for any impairment the circulatory or lymphatic system may have. Its purpose is to provide an appropriate force to influence fluid to return to these systems rather than remaining in the skin. Your blood pressure is a commonly known diagnostic tool that is an indicator of how much strength your heart and circulatory system have to move blood freely. When there is high blood pressure your body is at risk of causing too much fluid to be pressed out into the tissues resulting in swelling and pain. It can press on nerves causing impairment. If your blood pressure is too low, you may also the same results due to pressure of blood remaining in your arms or legs because it does not have the force to make it back to the heart in a timely manner. Circulatory problems are also a factor in the ability to lose weight.

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Kimberly Burns, OTR/L, CLT, is an Occupational Therapist with over 14 years’ experience working with clients ranging from infants to the elderly. She has always had passion for wellness and has knowledge of a variety of modalities and techniques for wellness management.   (215) 499.0444 – kim.burns@sensoryintuition.com.

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