When to avoid compression

Compression is king, but know when not to use it too…

We are all for shouting about the benefits of compression, but we are also responsible for making sure that we highlight the instances in which compression shouldn’t be used.

Impaired kidney function
Compression wrapping enhances blood flow, improves circulation and reduces swelling through the promotion of lymphatic drainage. When kidney function is impaired, it can be dangerous to overload them with a sudden surge of lymph fluids that have been released from areas of swelling as this can cause renal issues and even in the most extreme cases, kidney failure.

Impaired heart function:
If you have ever been diagnosed with or experienced impaired heart function compression treatments should be avoided unless otherwise stated by your clinician. Compression aids circulation and therefore increases blood flow. Unless the heart is working optimally, increasing circulation and blood flow can be dangerous and lead to further cardiac impairment and in the worst cases, even heart failure.

Infections and cancer:
If you are experiencing an infection in the body, it is important that you avoid using compression treatments. As with impaired kidney and heart function, compression causes improved blood flow and lymphatic drainage and this can cause the infection to spread to other parts of the body.

Compression wrapping should not be used if you have been diagnosed with cancer. Our advice here again relates to improved blood flow and lymphatic drainage which can cause cancer cells to metastasize throughout the body.

DVT (deep vein thrombosis):
Deep Vein Thrombosis describes the condition of blood clots forming in the deep veins of the body. The use of compression wraps and tapes should be avoided when experiencing DVT as the increase in blood flow from high pressure areas to low pressure areas can cause dangerous blood clots to circulate through the veins to the vital organs and cause damage or even prove fatal.

Of course, we want everyone to be able to be able to use our unique system of wraps and tapes to compress for success, however, we are a responsible business and therefore have a duty of care to ensure that you all use our product correctly, effectively and safely.