Monday, April 01, 2013

Compression Therapy and how it can help you!

Do you have tired, aching, swollen legs, or if you see the beginning of varicose veins? Compression therapy can help the health of your venous circulation. Venous circulation problems can progressively worsen over time and can affect your health and quality of life. Wearing graduated compression garments can help.

The following people can benefit from wearing Compression Therapy:

• People who stand or sit for long periods of time daily
• People who have been prescribed anticoagulants
• People who travel
• Women who are pregnant
• People who have had a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
• People who experience swelling in their legs and feet
• People with varicose and/or spider veins

How does it work?

How does graduated compression therapy help with the management of venous problems? As a person walks, the contraction and relaxation of the calf muscles around the veins aid in moving blood toward the heart.

The external graduated compression socks and stockings acts as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavity of the vein is reduced, thereby restoring blood flow to a normal state and aiding overall circulation.

To be most effective, the socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and removed before you go to bed. Some people have an inherited weakness of the vein walls or valves which creates additional challenges to venous return. Wearing graduated compression socks or stockings is vital for the prevention and treatment of varicose veins and other circulatory problems.

What’s the difference between Medical and Athletic compression socks?

2XU Compression Recovery Sock
Compression socks these days don't look like your grandmother's stockings! Athletic compression socks are best suited for athletic activity and recovery, professional athletes, weekend warriors and active individuals alike can all benefit from wearing compression garments. They tend to be made from technical materials which aid in moisture wicking and blister prevention.

Medical grade socks are best suited for those with chronic venous disorders and require a custom measurement with a Doctor’s prescription, the pressure rating is above 20mmHg and can be covered under extended benefits plans. They are designed to fit various lifestyles and ensure a correct fit and accurate compression.

If you’d like to find out more on compression therapy, visit Kintec or North Shore Athletics we'll be glad to show you all the compression products, and educate you on their different uses.

1 comment:

Herryponting said...

Venaforce Extra is the perfect alternative to support stockings. It reduces symptoms of venous insufficiency such as varicose veins.