My next spotlight garment is the Sigvaris Chipsleeve for the arm. Chipsleeve garments are an essential tool for those dealing with chronic lymphedema. Use the Sigvaris Chipsleeve as a bandage liner, making bandaging quick, easy and effective. This is a wonderful garment to have in your tool box in case you have a flare-up with your lymphedema. This garment can also be used as a nighttime garment, as it provides continual compression therapy for your arm, moving lymph while you sleep.
FOAM CHIP THERAPY
Compression garments with foam chips, such as the Sigvaris Chipsleeve, provide a gentle lymphatic massage all night long. The foam pressed into the affected area creates tissue stretch and pressure differentials. This action encourages re-absorption of lymphatic fluid. The Sigvaris Chipsleeve features open cell, chipped foam to massage fibrotic tissue, stimulating fluid movement and helping to soften superficial tissue. Use as a bandage liner in the decongestive phase of lymphedema treatment or as an independent compression garment for nighttime use – or while relaxing at home.
This compression garment gives you full coverage, benefiting your entire arm. It comes up high on the axilla and covers all the way to the end of the fingers with a separation for the thumb. The moisture wicking fabric has unique stretch characteristics, which provides form-fitting comfort.
MOVING LYMPH WHILE YOU SLEEP
The use of nighttime compression garments has demonstrated improved control of edema and lymphedema in many cases. Direction channels on this garment facilitate efficient lymph drainage, moving lymphatic fluid while you sleep or while you rest. Those who feel that their daytime garments are not adequately addressing their lymphedema might benefit greatly by using such a nighttime garment. Speak to your healthcare professional about the possible use of nighttime garments to help manage your lymphedema.
OVERSLEEVE AND LINER
Sigvaris Chipsleeve comes with an Oversleeve to help push the foam chips in and provide effective therapy while you sleep. This Oversleeve, used in tandem with the Chipsleeve, provides moderate, gradient compression of 15-25 mmHg. The sleeve also comes with two cotton liners. Use the liners under the Chipsleeve to protect the garment from dirt and oils in the skin.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Sigvaris Chipsleeve is simple and easy to care for. If you use the cotton liners, the Chipsleeve itself will not need to be laundered as often. Wash cotton liners after each use. Liners are made of 100% cotton and have no compression in them – therefore, wash as you would any cotton material. Wash Chipsleeve and the Oversleeve in the machine on a gentle cycle using mild detergent. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners. Dry the Chipsleeve in the dryer on a low heat in order to help fluff up the foam chips in the sleeve. The Oversleeve can be hung to dry.
Chipsleeve: 87% Nylon, 13% Spandex
Oversleeve: Lycra (80% Nylon, 20% Spandex
Chipped Foam: Polyurethane Foam
Liners: 100% Cotton
The Sigvaris Chipsleeve is made with no latex or rubber.