Compression socks, stockings, and garments are all used to squeeze the legs a little bit tighter then a typical sock would. This helps to increase blood circulation throughout the legs which has several health benefits and is a treatment for many ailments.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to already have a disease or ailment affecting blood flow to gain the benefits of compression. If you’re someone that stands for a long time (or sits, for that matter), it doesn’t hurt to get blood flowing throughout your legs and back up to your heart. Using compression can help prevent swelling, discomfort, and in extreme cases, strokes.
Different Levels of Compression
There are plenty of “over-the-counter” compression options for you to try. If you have questions about sizing or what type of compression is best for you, it’s always recommended that you speak to your Doctor or a health professional.
Mild compression 15-20mmHg:
Day-to- day use to increase blood flow and prevent minor to moderate varicose veins, reduce swelling of feet and legs, good for those who are often on their feet or pregnant.
Moderate compression 20-30mmHg:
Most commonly prescribed by Doctors for those who have chronic medical conditions including edema, or hypertension/low blood pressure.
Firm compression 30-40mmgh:
Used for managing ulcers, people with severe lymphedema and edema. These can also help with the healing from orthopedic surgeries or bone fractures. When to use Compression As always, we recommend speaking with a Doctor or health professional if you have any concerns about your health or blood flow
Many people opt to use compression garments such as compression socks, or products like Edemawear if they are suffering from chronic swelling or pain to due to decreased blood flow, or if they are known to be high risk for blood clots, or have a family/hereditary history of issues related to blood flow. Compression can be a great choice as preventable step to dealing with potential issues related to blood flow.