Compression garments have been around for a long time, as far back as Ancient Egypt and Rome, there is proof that bandages were used to bind patients legs to treat injuries. In the 1950s they became more well know, thanks to the modern day compression garment inventor Conrad Jobst.
Today there are varying degrees of compression strength garments available. Medically they are often used by people who have to stand for long periods of time, or have poor circulation. They are also beneficial to persons who do repetitive tasks, like sewing, factory work, or anyone who types on a computer all day. Arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers know how beneficial compression garments can be, as wrist or hand pain can cause daily activities to become difficult at best, and almost impossible at worst. Edema or swelling in the tissues of joints is also very common in persons suffering with arthritis.
Even someone who normally has no issues with their joints, can be sidelined by an injury or sudden illness which affects their hands and wrists.
Many companies offer compression garments which are effective but only come in standard colours of black or beige, and lack decorative elements. While compression socks are available in fun patterns, wrist and hand compression garments remain for the most part, only available in standard colours of black and beige.
Enter Margin Wellness. This woman owned company is the brainchild of Gina. A sufferer of carpal tunnel syndrome, she knew the pain of the condition, and how bland and boring her choices were in finding relief. Thus, Margin Wellness was born. Gina combined her love of childhood storybook illustrations with the need for quality, but affordable compression gloves and wrist splints. There are many floral and animal designs to choose from, including a custom option.
Compression gloves and wrist splints are available online at the Margin Wellness website and on Etsy, an online marketplace dedicated to promoting handmade goods and vintage items.
Compression Gloves Product Review
Gina was kind enough to send me a set of compression gloves to try for myself. Measuring for the correct size was easy thanks to an easy to read size guide. Sizing is available in Small to X-Large. I chose Medium and it was a perfect fit for my hands (ring size 6). The gloves were a bit long on my pinkie due to my short fingers.
I picked a ladybug design in the shade “Grey”. As I have arthritis, I found the Margin Wellness compression gloves to be very soft and easy to put on. The support is light/medium and comfortable. Typing was a little bit challenging wearing them but I would say that was more due to my abilities, than any issues with the compression gloves. The design is cute and colourful, some elements of the design, mainly the thin black antenna, were not as clear on the dark gloves, so keep that in mind when choosing a design.
How To Care For Your Compression Gloves
Care instructions are included with the compression gloves. Hand washing and air drying is recommended to keep them in the best shape possible, and to ensure the design lasts. Gina also suggests removing them by pulling off from the wrist.
To summarize, I am very happy with my Margin Wellness compression gloves. The design is fun, and the gloves fit well, and they are soft, supportive and durable.