MANAGEMENT & TREATMENT
Early intervention for lymphedema can help limit the disease, most effectively treated earlier and in milder cases. Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) provided by a certified lymphedema therapist has proven to be the most effective treatment for lymphedema. This treatment includes manual lymphatic drainage, compression (bandages and garments), exercise, and skincare.
COMPRESSION GARMENTS FOR HEAD & NECK LYMPHEDEMA
Compression garments are the main component of treating and managing head and neck lymphedema. At The Compression Closet, we offer a couple of choices for head and neck compression, depending on your needs. One of our favorites is the JoViPak Standard Chin Strap.
JOVIPAK Extended Chin Strap for HEAD & NECK COMPRESSION
JoViPak Extended Chin Strap is less bulky and comfortable to wear than some of the other head and neck compression garments. This garment covers the ear, the lateral part of the head, and behind the ear. Velcro straps are adjustable. Use JoViPak Chin Strap (extended) with JoViPak Peri-Auricular neck pad for best results.
It’s best to take measurements when edema is at its most reduced state. This might be early in the morning or at the end of therapy. Adjust the Velcro closures at the neck and top of the head to the patient’s comfort level. You may also adjust your garment at night.
Renowned lymphedema therapist, educator, and cancer survivor JoAnn Rovig created JoViPak to manage edema and lymphedema. Being a cancer survivor, JoAnn is aware of sensitivity issues patients may have with certain fabrics and materials. She has designed her garments with this in mind, using organic cotton and lycra.
Chin Strap: 92% Organic Cotton 8% Spandex
Neck Pad: 100% Polartec Power Dry (polyester)
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
You can wash the JoVi Extended Chin Strap in a washing machine with cold water and on a delicate cycle. Dry in the dryer on low heat. Furthermore, do not use bleach or fabric softener, and do not iron.
You need not wash the neck pad as often as it does not have direct contact with the skin. Dry the neck pad in the dryer on low heat. Do not wring or twist the garment.