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Material Technology

Our Compression Socks use Merino wool

Textiles offer unique opportunities within the medical sector; they can be used to create advanced applications for healing, preventative care, management and monitoring.

Textiles have the ability to be engineered into a wide variety of forms from rigid to soft and pliable. Breathable, light and comfortable, they have great potential to reduce the invasive nature of many therapies.

Encircle has a strong commitment to the use of natural fibres in its technology. This ensures compatibility, comfort and sustainability for our end users. Read on to find out more about the benefits of using merino wool technology in our compression therapy garments.

Natural Support for Circulatory Conditions

Encircle is the first compression therapy system to utilise the medicinal properties of merino, a natural protein fibre comprised of keratin a fibrous protein also found in the outer layer of human skin, hair and nails.

Encircle has harnessed the natural moisture absorbency, antibacterial, antimicrobial and odour-inhibiting properties of merino to create a bi-component textile that actively forms a microenvironment for skin development and healing when encircled around the body. This merino-microenvironment is advantageous in the advancement of patient care because the most important goal for any compression system is to reduce the chances of ulceration being caused through infection of the skin and tissue.

Merino in Encircle Compression Therapy

In our compression garments, the merino is weft-knitted into a new fabric structure whereby it is placed on the inside for next-to-skin comfort, with a flat channelled fibre (with a hydrophilic surface which can transport liquid moisture by capillary action) placed on the outside, and an elastomeric fibre inserted to lie inside the plane of the fabric where it is concealed. The differing moisture absorbency and wicking behaviours of these fibres creates a textile with a moisture gradient that actively absorbs moisture vapour and liquid moisture in a wearers skin environment, and transports it by capillary action towards the exterior of the garment where it is released. The knit structure of Encircles bi-component textile naturally absorbs and traps odours, providing an inhospitable environment for microbial growth.