Compression Gloves- What Symptoms Do They Treat?
Compression gloves are used to provide compression, warmth and light support to swollen, stiff hands and associated joints. They work in part by increasing the oxygen delivery to working muscles and enhancing circulation for faster removal of lactic acid and other metabolic wastes. This occurs via the glove’s compression and warmth which both encourage the movement of fluids that are involved in any inflammatory process. In addition, studies suggest that compression from the glove may alter the inflammatory response to small soft tissue injuries and help accelerate the repair process.
Who Can Benefit from Compression Gloves?
A compression glove is beneficial for anyone that would benefit from the support, warmth, or compression that it offers. Generally speaking, people with Raynaud’s Syndrome, Ehler Danlos Syndrome, Rheumatoid or Osteoarthritis, mild joint instability or swelling from burns, fractures or surgeries can potentially benefit from use of a compression glove.
In one clinical trial, people with inflammation due to rheumatoid arthritis had decreased pain, stiffness and finger edema and increased range of motion and grip after wearing a compression glove at night for 7 consecutive nights. Another clinical trial found the use of a compression glove following a hand fracture helped reduce pain and swelling and increase range of motion during the second and third weeks after the injury.
Protexgloves provide warmth and gentle compression to help relieve aches and pains and decrease swelling for less stiffness and better motion. The soft, tight knit keep hands warm, but not sweaty and make touching cold surfaces or objects more comfortable. These lightweight gloves won’t restrict your hand movement and offer great dexterity so you can still turn the pages of a book, hold a pen or even scissors.
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