INSPIRED BY NATURE – THE CIRCAID STORY
The invention of the circaid adjustable compression wraps by Frank Shaw began when his wife, Hertha, was a struggling lymphedema patient. Hertha had difficulty being compliant with her compression therapy treatment. The idea was sparked by viewing giraffes on a trip to the San Diego Zoo. Why are giraffe legs so skinny when they are the tallest animal on earth, defying the laws of gravity? Frank learned that giraffe skin does not expand due to its high density of inelastic collagen fibers. In addition, their thick top layer of skin helps increase their tissue pressure. This pressure promotes lymphatic and venous reflux and gives them permanent, natural compression. The inelastic quality of giraffe skin inspired Frank to create the first patented inelastic compression device, the circaid. The inelastic material of CircAid compresses the tissue and provides an improved lymphatic and venous flow – just like the giraffe mascot.
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WHAT ARE ADJUSTABLE INELASTIC COMPRESSION WRAPS?
Adjustable compression wraps are made from inelastic materials such as neoprene and other low-stretch materials. These materials provide a more “dynamic” compression that fluctuates when active rather than the “static” or consistent compression that a traditional elastic compression stocking delivers. As a result, these products offer very little to no stretch. The more tension applied to the garment, the greater the compression therapy. Compression wraps enhance venous return flow and edema reduction. This increased flow is due to the inelastic nature of the materials that help with calf pump efficiency and provide better resistance for better containment of edema or swelling. Additionally, many patients and clinicians find applying adjustable compression wraps more manageable.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE INELASTIC WRAP GARMENTS?
Use adjustable wrap garments to treat venous and lymphatic conditions. For example, patients with venous health problems such as chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and venous leg ulcers utilize compression wraps when more extreme edema is present. Furthermore, the garments are used for ease of application when they have difficulty applying a stocking or have an active wound with a dressing that should not be disturbed.
Adjustable compression is another benefit of inelastic compression wraps, especially for those with lymphedema who might fluctuate in their limb size. CircAid Adjustable Compression Wraps allow users to change the compression level as needed. For example, use more compression during the day when one is active and less at night or during recumbent moments. When limb volumes or circumference size changes for the larger or smaller, an adjustable compression wrap can accommodate these situations to a degree while delivering the required compression level dosage.
WHAT JUXTAFIT GARMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
Medi CircAid has three different JuxtaFit garments for the lower leg. The CircAid Juxtalite HD is designed for mild to moderate lymphedema and venous disorders. The legging consists of a series of juxtaposed inelastic bands extending from the central portion of the wrap. The wrap contours to the leg and is designed to cover from just above the ankle bone to below the knee. This garment also comes with an undersock with compression in the foot and ankle, while the remaining stocking acts like a liner underneath the garment. It also has a Patented Built-in Pressure System to ensure the desired compression level accurately.
Medi CircAid Juxtafit Essential is designed much like the Juxtalite HD. However, it is made with a heavier fabric that works well for mild to severe lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Along with the undersock, this garment also comes with a PAC band for additional compression on the foot if needed. It also comes with a cover-up, which protects the velcro and makes it easier for clothing to slip on and off over the garment. This garment is also available for the upper leg in a thigh and knee combination.
Lastly, Medi CircAid has the JuxtaFit Premium. This garment has a full one-year warranty, the most extended warranty on the market. Although the warranty is for a year, I have had some customers get 3-5 years of service out of these garments. This garment lasts longer than most other wrap garments because it has a receiver side to the velcro rather than sticking directly to the fabric. If you want to pay more upfront for the premium garment, you will get a better value as it does not have to be replaced as often.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF CIRCAID WRAP GARMENTS.
CircAid Adjustable Compression Wraps can be machine washed and then tumble dry on a low setting. Additionally, placing the leg garment in a pillowcase would be best to keep the hook tab material lint-free and protect other items from damage.
- Machine wash warm
- Do not bleach
- Tumble dry on low setting
- Do not iron
- Don not dry clean
- Do not wring
Hand wash and air-dry garments to extend the life of the garment.
WEARING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM MEDI CIRCAID
- Always apply the correct prescribed compression level.
- Slightly loosen the bands of the garment for night-time wear.
- The Built-In Pressure System lines on the band may not line up. This is perfectly fine.
- If experiencing any pain, remove the garment and consult your physician immediately.
- Correctly place bands so they overlap slightly, leaving no space between them.
- Do not tuck bands. The hook tabs should never touch the skin.
What’s your opinion of CircAid Adjustable Compression Wraps? Have you ever tried them?
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Disclaimer – This blog is for general information purposes only. Furthermore, the information contained in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice! Always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition.