Product Spotlight on Isoband

Isoband is one of those versatile bandages that you will find uses for if you have it on hand. It is a woven, lightweight, latex-free bandage that is relatively short-stretch and can be sterilized, washed and dried flat without losing any of its therapeutic properties.

Isoband is available in 15 and 20 centimeter widths. The 15 centimeter is excellent to use as a fixing bandage. If you are using foams to pad a large leg, for example, Isoband works well to hold the foam in place while providing a good under-surface for the Comprilan layer, reducing slippage and bandage migration. The 20 centimeter width is the bandage of choice for truncal and abdominal bandaging as well as for affixing foams to extremely large limbs. Both sizes can be used to wrap a hip spica, depending on the size and needs of your patient.

Isoband can be a crucial part of a good multi-layer lymphedema compression bandage. It can provide stability and add structure and compression. You will find it has many uses in the clinic, especially when dealing with leg and truncal lymphedema.

To learn more about Isoband for lymphedema, click here.

To order Isoband online go to our online store here and click on Short Stretch.

The Canadian Lymphedema Conference

It’s hard to believe it has already been over two weeks since the Canadian Lymphedema Conference in Toronto concluded. We were happy to participate in the conference; it was a chance to meet up with old friends and make some new ones. This was a special lymphedema conference as it brought together leaders of provincial lymphedema associations for a rare face-to-face meeting. There was also an advocacy workshop to educate us in how to be better patient advocates and a poster contest where we could use a visual format to share research results and case histories. The winners of the poster contest, and a reviews of the conference, will appear in the upcoming issue of Pathways magazine, the lymphedema magazine of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework and the provincial Canadian Lymphedema Associations. For links to the associations, and to a subscription form for Pathways, visit http://www.canadalymph.ca/pathways.

As a joint CLF/LAO conference this was also the 17th annual Lymphedema Association of Ontario’s conference. The LAO conference has grown over the years from a small event put on by dedicated volunteers to a major event in the lymphedema community in Canada.

We look forward to next year’s conference, and we definitely enjoyed this years. Thanks to all of the organizers, sponsors and volunteers who made this a great conference.

For more information about the provincial lymphedema associations visit our links page at http://www.lymphedemadepot.com/links.

Canadian Lymphedema Conference

We are looking forward to this year’s Canadian Lymphedema Conference, co-sponsored by the Canadian Lymphedema Framework and Lymphedema Association of Ontario. Together, these two groups have come together to create the biggest and best lymphedema-related conference in Canada.

Lymphedema is a condition that has been under-diagnosed and under-treated for many years. As a medical condition that affects the lives of breast cancer survivors it has begun to be more widely recognized. This conference will showcase the latest developments and research in the field for both therapists and patients. It will also offer a time to network and discuss, and engage in peer-to-peer information exchange and support. if you haven’t registered for the conference yet, don’t worry! Registration is still open, just click on one of the above links to take you to the registration information.

Of course, Lymphedema Depot will be there with a booth in the exhibitor area. Stop by and see us! We’ll have surprises and new products and even a bit of swag! It’s going to be a fun, educational conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

What’s New at Lymphedema Depot?

if you have visited our website lately you might have noticed some new features and products. As we expand into more product lines we hope to offer the convenience of helping customers find multiple products that they can use all in one place.

For instance, we are now offering Lymphoderm, a skin care lotion that has been the standard of skin care for eighteen years for patients with lymphedema and other conditions. Formulated with the pure, healing properties of mineral rich seaweed, herbal extracts and essential oils, Lymphoderm is a lightly scented, non-greasy natural skin moisturizer high in immune enhancing anti-oxidants. You can learn more about Lymphoderm by visiting our online store and reading the product description.

Wait a minute, did I say ONLINE STORE? Yes, Lymphedema Depot finally has an online retail store, and we could not be more excited. This gives retail purchasers the opportunity to buy select Lymphedema Depot offerings easily and conveniently in a secure online environment.

What else is new? We are now offering TheraFit from Solaris. TheraFit is a    standard-sized, adjustable compression garment designed by healthcare professionals to help simplify nightly lymphedema management. This garment offers a custom-adjustable compression level via its unique stretch lacing system. It is available in a generous selection of standard sizes and utilizes the same high performance material and chip foam system as the Solaris Tribute. You can learn more about it by visiting our website.

Of course we are still a convenient source for BSN Medical bandaging products. We offer a full complement of bandaging  materials to make life easier and more convenient for therapists and patients alike. if you don’t see a BSN product that you need on our website or our web store, feel free to call or email us and we will locate the item for you.

A lot is happening at Lymphedema Depot! If you would like to stay informed and keep up with the changes, you can sign up to receive our newsletter. We enjoy staying in touch with you!

It’s an Honour to be Honoured!

Lymphedema Depot is proud to announce that our own Bonnie Baker has been chosen as the 2013 Lymphedema Honouree by the Lymphedema Association of Ontario.

Here is what the LAO has to say about this honour:

“Each year, the Lymphedema Association of Ontario chooses a new honouree who we feel has worked hard to make a difference in the  Ontario lymphedema community.

“This year’s honouree, Bonnie Baker, has been an influential lymphedema advocate for many years. In her business, volunteerism, fundraising activities and social networking, Bonnie has been relentlessly spreading the word about lymphedema across Canada and beyond”.

To read more about the honouree you can visit the LAO website.

I would like to thank the LAO for recognizing Bonnie in this way. Her leadership skills in business and in patient advocacy are evident every day. Her commitment to the patient and the idea that the  patient is the ultimate beneficiary of every process is instrumental in all she has accomplished in the last few years. In turn, we recognize the importance of every member of the lymphedema community, all of whom strive to make the world a better place for lymphedema patients.

John Mulligan

We Have A Winner!

 At the First Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium held by the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba we, Lymphedema Depot, held a drawing in which we offered to pay back the winner’s conference registration fee! And that is just what we did! And the winner is…        A. Whenham of Mitchell, Manitoba! Congratulations!

The First Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day was a successful event, drawing stakeholders in the lymphedema community from all over Manitoba.This is a big step forward for patients, public health workers, therapists and researchers in Manitoba as this is really the first time they have all had a chance to meet together like this. It was a day of education and solidarity.This will help to create a network for people with lymphedema and related conditions such as lipedema, and mixed chronic edemas,as well as therapists, researchers, industry professionals and advocates. Ultimately this will  lead to higher recognition of lymphedema and better management of lymphedema and related disorders in Manitoba, which is the goal of the Association. You can learn more about the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba at their website here.

Congratulations Lymphedema Association of Manitoba!

Two Firsts for the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba

On March 8 and 9, 2013, the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba hosted their first provincial stakeholders meeting and their first annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Symposium. It was an exciting two days of events and brought together many sectors of the lymphedema community in Manitoba. The stakeholders meeting brought together a wide variety of people with an interest in lymphedema and lymphedema management in Manitoba. The day was spent identifying problems and strategies for making advances in the recognition of lymphedema and related disorders in the province. At the end of the day real progress had been made in identifying and bringing together the individuals and organizations who will shape lymphedema awareness and treatment in Manitoba.

The next day, Saturday, was the Symposium. A group of speakers came together to present information about lymphedema and various aspects of treatment and management. Vendors were also on hand to showcase the wide variety of products that are now available to help patients and therapists cope with lymphedema and related disorders. From compression garment fitters to researchers, the lymphedema patients, therapists and other members of the lymphedema community benefitted from the sharing of information and ideas that are current regarding this under recognized condition. It was a momentous day for lymphedema in Manitoba. The Lymphedema Association of Manitoba has taken a big step in shaping the future of lymphedema care in the province.

Kim Avanthay and Edith Mulhall, two of the founders of the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba

Leukotape® K: A Great Addition to Your Toolbox

 

I recently attended a kinesiotaping class sponsored by BSN Medical and taught by Louise Danielli. Louise has co-developed and teaches Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping for Lymphedema using Leukotape® K by BSN Medical.

The class was dynamic and interactive. There was a lecture portion in the morning and after a good lunch that was included in the price of the workshop we had the opportunity to do hands on work with Leukotape® K.

I learned that neuro-proprioceptive taping has a number of ingenious applications for lymphedema. The tape itself is specially made to lightly lift the skin and move with the patient. This skin stimulation has the effect of creating a space where the lymphatics are lightly stimulated and lymphatic fluid flow is encouraged. This helps to gently amplify the lymphatic drainage from a saturated area to a lymphatic territory that can absorb and process this excess fluid.

In addition to serving as an adjunct to lymphedema treatment, Leukotape® K also has many applications in more orthopedic cases. The tape can be used for joint support, pain relief and muscle inhibition or facilitation, either holding muscles in place or helping them move more easily, depending on how tape is applied.

Louise has had experience with many kinds of neuro-proprioceptive tape, and she spoke very highly of Leukotape® K as having superior adhesive qualities. She also explained that the fact that Leukotape® K is also available in three different sizes makes it especially versatile. By choosing the most appropriate size, the practitioner can save time that might be spent cutting larger widths down to size. The availability of a wider size also gives the opportunity to use the tape in more supportive applications over larger muscle groups using fewer strips.

The class was inspiring and energizing. As a therapist I look forward to using tape as another tool in finding the best solutions for my patients.

To find out more about BSN’s Leukotape® K visit our website here. To find out about taking a class to learn about this application, practitioners should contact their local BSN medical representative.

 

 

 

 

Our New ReadyWrap Video is Up!

We have posted a new video on our YouTube channel showing how to don the new ReadyWrap Arm Sleeve and Gauntlet. The video is a clear and simple guide to using this comfortable and effective garment.

Solaris ReadyWrap is exceptionally comfortable to wear and provides tissue support and low-stretch compression for lymphedema patients who find elastic garments insufficient or problematic. Therapeutic levels of compression are easy to achieve and easy to adjust. The integrated arm liner and easy-to-use colour-coded Velcro closures make donning easy. The foam padding at the elbow provides comfort and the sewn elbow dart provides a guide to perfect placement for the best fit.

To view the donning video just click on the picture above. To learn more about Solaris ReadyWrap you can also visit our website.

New Ready Wrap Arm is Here!

Comfort and Coverage

Stay comfortable with the ReadyWrap Arm’s functional design and foam padding at the wrist and elbow. And there’s no need to worry about gapping at the wrist when using the Arm and Gauntlet together.

They were made for each other with a designed overlap to keep you covered.

Contours the Hand

Our new ReadyWrap Gauntlet includes built in padding over the dorsum to improve contouring to the back of the hand and help provide an even compression.

The gauntlet doesn’t stop at the hand though; it also provides thumb coverage with a unique adjustable strap.

Easy, One Handed Donning and Doffing

 The new ReadyWrap Arm features the same colour-coded strapping system that makes our lower extremity ReadyWrap so simple to use. And an integrated arm liner and bilateral design make donning and adjusting easier than ever before.

Learn more about ReadyWrap here!