intermittent compression


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in·ter·mit·tent com·pres·sion

(in'tĕr-mit'ĕnt kŏm-presh'ŭn)
1. A treatment procedure that employs intermittent external pressure to reduce edema in an extremity.
2. A neurodevelopmental treatment technique to facilitate contraction by applying pressure directly to the muscles surrounding a joint requiring better stabilization.
Synonym(s): pressure tapping.

intermittent compression

A technique for reducing edema in an extremity by pumping air (intermittent pneumatic compression) or, less commonly, chilled water through a sleeve that surrounds an extremity. Circumferential pressure applied to the arm or leg is gradually increased to enhance venous and lymphatic flow, and then the sleeve is deflated. The process is then repeated. See: sequential compression device
See also: compression
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All intermittent compression systems are successful in emptying deep veins of the lower limb and preventing stasis (Morris & Woodcock, 2004).
Every patient also wears intermittent compression hose to prevent deep vein thrombosis.
Studies using both animal and human models have shown that intermittent compression or dynamic loading of long bone fractures enhances the rate of healing of these fractures and may promote the earlier return of normal function (Kenwright et al 1991, Goodship 1998, Hente et al 2004).
The topics include the foundations for the use of modalities, including clinical decision making and wound healing, and technical aspects of therapeutic modalities such as cold therapy, thermotherapy, ultrasound and phonophoresis, electrotherapy and iontophoresis, hydrotherapy, electromagnetic radiation, traction, and intermittent compression. Other topics include clinical applications such as for pain, limited motion, tissue healing, edema, muscle weakness and loss of motor performance, and emerging applications.
The intermittent compression from running may also be beneficial in preventing the problems from bulging disks that you've raised in your question.

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