Compression sleeves are a crucial part of your mastectomy recovery. Health complications like lymphedema can slow the healing process and cause severe infection. Compression therapy helps move lymph fluid away from your extremities and back to your heart. However, your compression sleeve must fit your arm for optimal effectiveness. It won’t provide the correct pressure level if the sleeve is too loose. If the sleeve is too tight, it may cut off the circulation, causing your lymphedema symptoms to worsen.
Discover the different compression levels available and how to measure your arms to get the most out of your Juzo compression sleeve.
Compression Sleeve Pressure Levels
Compression therapy garments are rated according to the level of pressure they provide. Pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Juzo compression sleeves come in a range of pressure levels:
- Class I: 20-30 mmHg
- Class II: 30-40 mmHg
- Class III and IV: 40-60 mmHg (available with a prescription only and via custom order)
Juzo compression sleeves provide graduated pressure from the wrist (or palm if you are also using a gauntlet) to the armpit. This helps boost circulation away from your hands to your chest. Your doctor recommends the correct compression level to alleviate your symptoms.
How to Measure Your Arm for a Juzo Compression Sleeve
For non-custom Juzo compression sleeves, you simply need to measure the circumference of three key areas along your arm. Then, match the measurements to the manufacturer’s sizing chart to find the correct sleeve size.
The key areas are:
- The point where your armpit meets your shoulder (g)
- Your elbow circumference (e)
- Your wrist circumference (c)
To measure for point g, wrap a flexible tape measure around the top of your arm, below your armpit. Note the measurement in inches, rounding to the closest quarter inch.
Find point e by wrapping the measuring tape around the widest part of your elbow. It can be helpful to bend your elbow slightly to get a precise width.
Finally, determine point c by placing the measuring tape at the narrowest part of your wrist. This is typically just above the wrist bone.
Once you have all three measurements, compare them to the Juzo sizing chart. Sleeve sizes are listed as Roman numerals at the top, and the circumference measurement ranges underneath.
If your g or e measurements correspond with a sleeve size that differs from your c measurement, look at the g max and e max sizes ranges instead to find the plus-size options.
Choosing the Correct Sleeve Length
You have a choice between regular and long sleeve lengths. Measure your arm from the point where your wrist meets your hand until your armpit. If your arm length exceeds 17” you should choose a long sleeve. If your arm is less than 17” long, choose a regular length sleeve.
Discover Juzo Compression Sleeves at Mastectomyshop.com
At Mastectomyshop.com, we have a huge range of Juzo compression therapy sleeves available, from lymphedema garments to sleeves for everyday circulation control. Explore our selection online and contact our experienced sales representatives for more information on sizing and how to wear your compression sleeve.