Author(s): Suehiro K, Okada M, Yoshimura A, Morikage N, Murakami M,
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the interface pressure (IP) and stiffness of our elastic multilayer bandages (eMLB). METHODS: Three medical staff wrapped the legs of 10 healthy volunteers with one to six rolls of elastic bandages. The IP was measured at the medial aspect of the lower leg at the level of transposition of the medial gastrocnemius muscle into the Achilles tendon (level of B1) with the patient supine and then standing, for each number of bandages worn. The static stiffness index (SSI) was calculated as a difference between these IPs. RESULTS: The IPs in the standing position increased linearly for up to five bandages (21.8 ± 7.2, 32.5 ± 6.1, 41.8 ± 8.5, 52.0 ± 10.4, 60.3 ± 11.8, and 66.7 ± 13.4 mmHg, with one to six bandages). SSI also increased linearly for up to five bandages (6.8 ± 5.1, 10.2 ± 4.8, 13.4 ± 7.2, 17.4 ± 8.8, 19.7 ± 9.1, and 20.4 ± 9.4 mmHg, with one to six bandages). No significant technical variation in the IP was observed among the three operators. CONCLUSIONS: Our eMLB provided stable, predictable and sufficient IPs and SSIs in healthy volunteers.
This article was published in Ann Vasc Dis
and referenced in Journal of Novel Physiotherapies