The Compression Closet would like to introduce the new Ease Adjust by Therafirm, affordable and effective compression! This wrap garment was designed for you if you are looking for ease and comfort in your compression garment. Ease Adjust provides 30-50mmHg firm pressure based on the wearer’s needs. An easy-application inner sleeve supports the wrap while donning and adjusting straps. However, you can put this inner sleeve behind the leg if you have difficulty slipping it over your foot. This option with the sleeve makes this garment one of the most accessible and versatile garments on the market. Effective and affordable adjustable gradient compression wrap for either venous or lymphatic disease. Continue reading →
Recently, I have gotten a lot of questions about foam chip pads and their use. These foam chip pads can be an effective tool to soften hard fibrotic tissue and help move lymphatic fluid out of affected areas. Foam chip pads are small, lightweight pieces of foam sewn into different sizes and shapes to address difficult fibrotic areas. Do you have an area that is not effectively treated with your compression garments? Using Chip pads to treat lymphedema with compression garments can provide at-home therapy for lymphedema.Continue reading →
Through the years of working with lymphedema clients, I’ve met several people on this lymphedema journey who felt isolated and alone at one time or another. Have you ever felt that way? Could you use a little support for your lymphedema? Winter can be awful, being it’s harder to get out. Many of my customers didn’t know anyone like them who had a huge leg or a giant hand, and they felt different, isolated, and alone. Lymphedema can take an emotional toll on a person. That may have been the case at one time, but this no longer has to be the story. Social media and the internet itself have changed this all up in a big way and provide a good deal of support for lymphedema.Continue reading →
Navigating the Winter Blues and Lymphedema: A Deeper Dive into Self-Care
Many battle the blues as winter unfolds, bringing shorter days and plummeting temperatures. This seasonal shift, marked by decreased sunlight and often frigid weather, can trigger a type of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This phenomenon is more than just a fleeting sadness; it’s a substantial alteration in mood and energy levels, deeply rooted in our physiological responses to the changing environment.
Winter poses unique challenges for those living with lymphedema, a chronic condition characterized by the accumulation of lymph fluid and resultant swelling. The cold can intensify discomfort and exacerbate symptoms, making self-care essential for mental and physical well-being.Continue reading →
New to The Compression Closet are Comfortable Core-Spun Compression Stockings by Therafirm Gradient that look like soft, comfortable everyday socks with the added benefit of true gradient compression. The ultra-stretch yarns make the sock easier to put on, and the thickness makes them comfortable for all-day wear. Gradient compression promises better circulation and helps prevent swelling and leg fatigue. Moisture-wicking yarns help wick moisture away from the skin to the sock’s exterior, moving moisture up and out of the foot area, resulting in comfort and coolness. This is an excellent stocking for those with challenges donning and doffing a conventional compression stocking. The pricing can’t be beaten, either!
Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month? Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers among women, with approximately 13,960 cases diagnosed in the United States in 2023, with over 4,000 deaths. While cervical cancer is often treatable, especially if diagnosed early, it can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life. One potential complication of cervical cancer is lymphedema, a condition that can cause swelling, pain, and discomfort. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatments of cervical cancer and lymphedema can help women better manage the effects of this condition. Continue reading →
Simon Sinek’s book “Start With Why” says to be successful, you must start with your why when creating a business. I started The Compression Closet to help those without insurance obtain the garments they need for lymphedema. When I was working in a durable medical supply company that served women who needed bras and prostheses due to breast cancer, there was also the need for compression for lymphedema. Time and time again, I heard women complain about insurance not covering these products and how difficult it was to obtain them. At this time, you could not bill Medicare for garments. I sympathized with this woman who had struggled to beat the battle of breast cancer just to be left with a new disease, a chronic disease. To make matters worse was the challenge of trying to obtain these garments, and thus, I started The Compression Closet. Continue reading →
We want to introduce the New Prairie Wear Hugger Luma Sports Bra to The Compression Closets line of Compression Bras. This bra is a high to medium-compression sports bra with increased cup support. Snug but comfy fit, designed to support your body in all movements with 360° zoned compression for lymphedema or healing from surgery. In short, you need a bra that hugs your body and makes you feel supported. Unfortunately, most compression bras are restrictive and uncomfortable, with seams restricting circulation. That’s painful. Prairie Wear believes that the right bra provides support and relief.Continue reading →
Iceland has a holiday tradition that I love! Jólabókaflóð, or “Christmas Book Flood,” is a unique and cherished cultural practice in Iceland. This ‘book flood’ is celebrated on Christmas Eve and revolves around giving and receiving new books. This tradition is often accompanied by delicious treats like hot cocoa, Icelandic chocolates, or even a special beer. It’s a peaceful yet very cherished part of the Iceland Christmas traditions as they exchange books and spend the evening reading together. In light of this tradition, I would like to review three new books I’ve come across this year dealing with lymphedema. What better time than the holidays to cozy up to a good book?Continue reading →
Many of you are excited about the Lymphedema Treatment Act and the possibility of Medicare paying for your lymphedema garments. Unfortunately, there is still a lot that is up in the air and that we do not know at this time. But first, let’s go over what we do know. Beginning January 1st, compression garments for lymphedema will be eligible for coverage by Medicare. The new coverage includes :
To qualify, patients must have a lymphedema diagnosis and a prescription for these supplies. CMS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services) released a Medical Learning Network article detailing the implementation of this new coverage. This article will explain further the areas of coverage and limitations on garments. We know that Medicare under Part B plans to cover 80% of the reimbursement rate after deductibles are met. What we don’t know at this time is what those reimbursement rates will be. Continue reading →