Active knit compression stockings for the treatment of orthostatic hypotension

Rachael Granberry, Julianna Abel, Brad Holschuh

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Active knit compression stockings are compression garments with integrated smart materials (i.e. shape memory alloy wires) that apply dynamic and controllable pressures to the body to provide therapeutic compression treatment for those suffering from orthostatic hypotension (OH). Current static compression garments (e.g. elastic knit garments) exert unpredictable pressures on the body and are difficult to don/doff, especially for elderly populations most effected by OH. Alternatively, dynamic compression garments currently on the consumer market (e.g. pneumatic compression wraps) are bulky, inhibit wearer mobility, and are usually tethered to an inflation source. Active knit compression stockings offer an alternative technology for compression therapy that leverage the architecture of traditional, weft knit fabric structures to create large, amplified contractions across the textile surface. The result is a new compression garment alternative that is simultaneously dynamic, mobile, and untethered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISWC 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
VolumePart F130534
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351881
StatePublished - Sep 11 2017
Event29th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2017 - Maui, United States
Duration: Sep 11 2017Sep 15 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC
VolumePart F130534
ISSN (Print)1550-4816


Conference29th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics (grant MNP #15.19) and the MnDRIVE Initiative. Thank you to Joanne Zutz and the Midwest Machine Knitters Collaborative.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Association for Computing Machinery.


  • Active materials
  • Advanced knitting
  • Compression garments
  • Shape memory alloys
  • Wearable technology


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