How do Bandages Work?
Never use clips to attach bandages- they can damage bandages
& skin, use tape instead.
Always roll bandages after every
Dry bandages on a flat surface or over a shower rail,
away from the sun!
Never iron or cut bandages.
Although compression bandaging in different forms has been used
for many years to control swelling, the introduction of the short
stretch bandage from Europe has really improved results in treating
stretch bandages are different form normal “ace” bandages because as
the name implies they have very little stretch in them. In fact they
have only enough stretch to allow them to conform to the shape of
The important difference between the short stretch bandage and
the “ace” bandage is that while the ace type bandage is designed to
apply pressure to the limb the short stretch is not. Short stretch
work by resisting against the normal movements of the muscles in the
leg or arm creating a natural pumping action which helps to move the
Due to the fact that it applies very little pressure, the short
stretch is much safer and more comfortable to wear than other
bandages and is much less likely to create bulges and pockets of
For that reason short stretch bandages are safe to wear at night
while your compression garments are hanging up to dry.
Many times bandages will be used as part of a treatment program
to reduce the size of a limb to allow a garment to be fitted. They
can be worn twenty-four hours a day and are safer to wear at night
than compression garments.
Short stretch bandages may be used over and over again but need
to be washed every two to three days to remain effective. Wash
bandages in a mild bleach free liquid detergent in a pillowcase or
lingerie bag and dry on a flat surface, not in a dryer, for longer
If your bandages need to be replaced we carry a full line of
bandages and bandage supplies.
John Wellum, CPD
*Important: We are smarter than to try to practice medicine without a license! The information presented on this site is for informational purposes only. New medical information is available weekly - so check with your doctor and therapist before making any changes to your treatment!