Edema is the medical term for swelling. It is characterized by a buildup of fluid in a localized area. Edema can be caused by trauma such as injuries or surgery, or by medical conditions like heart disease, kidney disease or allergic reactions. Many women also develop edema in the feet and legs during pregnancy. Lymphedema is a severe form of edema caused by damage, blockage or removal of lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes. The most dangerous form of edema is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), caused by a blood clot in a vein.
Home treatments for edema and lymphedema include elevating the affected body part, applying compression via bandages or compression garments, and lymphatic drainage massage. While these treatments can be effective, the results tend to be short-term, with the swelling gradually returning over a period of time. Compression wraps and garments can be uncomfortable and must be monitored to ensure circulation isn't compromised.
Kinesiology taping is a simple, comfortable and effective treatment for both edema and lymphedema. A special configuration called fan taping involves applying strips of tape with a solid end and multiple, narrow "tails" directly over an area of swelling. The tape gently lifts the skin over the affected area, creating a negative pressure that allows excess fluid to drain away through the lymphatic vessels. Edema taping applications are typically worn for 3-5 days at a time, continuing their therapeutic benefits the entire time they're worn.
The products below represent a variety of options for edema taping. Depending on the size and location of the area to be treated, you can select an edema taping product that is best for your needs.