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Right bandaging material - right pressure

The diverse tension-extensibility characteristics of individual compression bandages depend on the material of the bandage.

Short-stretch conforming bandages develop a very high working pressure. Due to their relatively low extensibility they produce tight compression in the bandage. Bandaging with short-stretch bandages are used to initiate and continue treatment, e.g. until complete decongestion or until healing of the ulcer.

On the other hand, very elastic long-stretch bandages are not suitable for compression bandaging on venous leg disorders or ulcer treatment. They exert a relatively low working pressure which influences only surface venous areas, but have a high resting pressure, which in the absence of muscular movement can lead to unwanted compression of tiny blood vessels in the skin.


Working pressure:

  • Resistance which the bandage exerts against the musculature during movement.

  • Is higher the more unyielding the bandaging material being used is.

Resting pressure:

  • Effects of a compression bandage on the leg or skin tissue without movement of the extremity taking place.

  • The more elastic a bandaging material is, the higher the resting pressure is because highly elastic material attempts to contract when relieved.