Compression therapy is a simple and effective means of increasing blood flows in the lower limbs through strengthening vein support. It's a form of wound care that aims to gently apply pressure to the ankles and legs through wearing specifically designed stockings.
Meeting with a clinician is the best way for clients to determine how to benefit from compression therapy. Deciding the amount of compression a stocking should provide is based on figuring out the severity of blood flow constriction; after which clients can be fitted with appropriate therapeutic socks, stockings, or sleeves.
Who needs compression therapy (compression Socks)
1. You sit all day at work
Some refer to the calf muscle as the second heart. This is because the calf acts as a steady pump during movement which pressurizes veins in the lower leg, thus allowing blood to flow back to your heart. If you sit at a desk all day, these muscles do very little and can result in blood pooling in the lower legs.
2. You stand for long periods of time
Walking encourages more blood flow by using the calf as a muscle pump for your veins, but standing in one position will greatly reduce the effectiveness of this process. That is why tradesmen, retail employees, and hospitality staff are all great candidates for using compression socks! Your legs will feel less fatigued and you will have more energy when the shift is over.
3. You exercise
Realistically, wearing compression socks probably isn’t going to shave minutes off your half marathon time or get you to squat that extra 20 pounds. However,compression can help with post-exercise recovery and soreness reduction. Studies have demonstrated that wearing compression socks during exercise and the recovery phase can lessen muscle soreness in the legs.
4. You travel
Remember earlier when we explained how sitting for long hours can cause blood to pool in your legs?
Travelling far distances on an airplane can have the same effect. Prolonged sitting while flying increases your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis – or blood clots. Using compression therapy is a great tool to prevent this.Your legs will be supple and strong when you finally arrive at your destination!
5. You like cool socks!
Medical and off-the-shelf socks come in a variety of materials and styles to suit your lifestyle; be it business casual, high fashion or athletic. Whether you need something sharp for work or simply enjoy the ‘athleisure’ aesthetic, compression socks will not disappoint!
Common Conditions for which your health care professional may suggest/prescribe compression therapy
Chronic venous insufficiency
Deep vein thrombosis