1st Edition

Compression Textiles for Medical, Sports, and Allied Applications

Edited By Nimesh Kankariya, René M. Rossi Copyright 2023
    190 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    190 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Textile-based compression therapy is used in a range of applications, such as for athlete and sport recovery, enhanced proprioception, compression spacesuits, and in the management of chronic diseases. This book provides an overview of compression devices and products, testing methods to measure the properties of materials used in compression devices, and design considerations based on dynamic body measurements. It also includes a model for predicting pressure and details the challenges in applying compression for various applications.

    Chapters in this book:

    • Discuss the science behind compression therapy
    • Delve into the materials used in compression devices and products and assesses their performance based on their properties and structure
    • Cover theoretical modeling to predict the pressure exerted by compression devices on the human body
    • Consider compression textile design based on dynamic body measurements

    This book is aimed at professionals and researchers in textile engineering, materials engineering, biotechnology, and the development of textile-based compression devices and products, and at such medical practitioners as phlebologists.

    Chapter 1 Overview of Compression Therapy

    Nimesh Kankariya

    Chapter 2 Materials and Structure of Compression Bandages and Stocking Devices

    Rabisankar Chattopadhyay

    Chapter 3 Mechanical Properties of Compression Garments

    Wan Syazehan Ruznan, Mohd Khairi Mohd Yusoh, Fazieyana Mohd Tohid, and Nur Ain Yusof

    Chapter 4 A Model for Compression Textile Design Based on Dynamic

    Female Lower Body Measurements

    Linsey Griffin, Alison Cloet, and Elizabeth Bye

    Chapter 5 Compression Clothing and Body Deformations Through High-speed 4D Scanning

    Tatjana Spahiu and Yordan Kyosev

    Chapter 6 Materials and Design of Pneumatic Compression Devices

    Nimesh Kankariya

    Chapter 7 Thermal Comfort of Compression Textiles

    René M. Rossi

    Chapter 8 Models and Simulations to Predict the Pressure on the Lower Limb Generated by Compression Devices

    Nimesh Kankariya

    Chapter 9 Pressure Sensors to Measure Interface-Pressure

    Martin Camenzind, Rolf Stämpfli, René M. Rossi

    Chapter 10 Applications in Medical, Sports, and Athletes

    Yongrong Wang

    Chapter 11 Efficacy of Compression Garments in Medical and Sports Applications

    Kristina Brubacher

    Chapter 12 Applications of Textile-Based Compression for Human Spaceflight and Extraterrestrial Surface Exploration

    Braid A. MacRae, Jonathan Clarke, Abby Rudakov, James Waldie


    Nimesh Kankariya serves as Director for Textiles and Materials Research Limited, New Zealand (TexMat Research). Much of his recent research focuses on smart textiles, including compression textiles and emerging technologies. He has been involved in several industrial-based research projects. Nimesh’s doctoral thesis “Textiles and Compression of the Lower Limb” is on the Sciences Divisional list of Exceptional Doctoral Theses, University of Otago, New Zealand.

    René M. Rossi has worked at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, for more than 25 years in the field of the interactions between materials and the human skin. He studied physics and obtained his PhD at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Since 2003, Prof. Rossi has been leading the Laboratory for Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles at Empa, a group of around 40 researchers developing novel smart fibers, textiles, and membranes for body monitoring, drug delivery, and tissue engineering applications. He is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich and Invited Professor at the University of Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse, France.