Compression Socks For Health
Hi and welcome to compression socks for health. We are here to be your one stop shop for information and products. There are so many benefits realized by the use of compression products that it’s hard to know where to start. But we’ll give it our best shot. Compression Socks: Not Just For Granny Anymore
Hi and welcome to compression socks for health. We are here to be your one stop shop for information and products. There are so many benefits realized by the use of compression products that it’s hard to know where to start. But we’ll give it our best shot.
Compression Socks: Not Just For Granny Anymore
What Are Compression Socks?
Traditionally they were used in the medical profession for the treatment of diabetes and swelling of the ankles and legs. They still are, but the use now extends far beyond just treatment. If you have a job that requires sitting for long periods of time, your circulation in the lower body is greatly reduced. This can cause blood pools in the ankles and feet resulting in swelling, pain and fatigue of the lower legs.
Wearing graduated compression socks or stockings applies a gentle massage to the calfs. They are tighter at the ankles and get looser as they go up the leg. This makes it easier for the blood to flow up to the heart and keep it circulating. That’s the reason that many travelers are wearing them on long flights or drives where there is little opportunity to get up and move around.
Graduated compression therapy also helps to prevent varicose veins. Varicose or spider veins quite often show up in the legs and are noticeable because they bulge and swell near the surface of the skin. Keeping the blood flowing properly will go a long way to prevent the swelling or the varicose veins from getting worse. Daily use of some form of compression product like socks or stockings will help to keep your lower legs and ankles from swelling and will keep them healthy and feeling energized.
The compression sock or stocking has been around in some form or another since the 1950’s. The benefits come from the design which is tightest at the ankle. It gently squeezes, or compresses, and the blood flows upward with the tightness gradually lessening. The squeezing is measured as MMhg which is the acronym or abbreviation for Millimeters of Mercury. The definition of MMhg (if you care) is “a unit of pressure equal to the amount of fluid pressure one millimeter deep in mercury at zero degrees centigrade on Earth.”
But seriously, I’m just trying to buy some socks, man. True, all you really need to know about MMhg is, the higher the number, the more compression power in the sock. Mild compression would be between 8 and 15 MMhg. The mild compression level will help to relieve the symptoms of swelling in the legs, feet and ankles and prevent fatigue when stationary or standing for long periods of time. Moving up to a moderate level of compression (15 -20 MMhg) will help to prevent varicose and spider veins during pregnancy. This is the ideal level for long flights and travel. This is also the level that is good for daily use and for athletes trying to improve performance and hasten muscle recovery.
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Firm and extra firm compression are between 20 and 40 MMhg. Between 20 and 30 is considered medical grade class 1 and are ideal for varicose veins and swelling. You don’t need to have any specific condition to wear this grade, you may just want more compression bang for your buck. Sometimes this strength is recommended after surgery. The stronger levels between 30 and 50 are recommended for blood clots, lymphedema, severe swelling, after surgery and severe varicose veins. These higher levels of compression are usually prescribed by a doctor. As with any new medical treatment or program you should consult with a medical professional before beginning.
Who Can Benefit From The Use Of Compression Socks?
Besides those suffering from medical conditions like diabetes, arthritis, varicose veins, circulation problems, swelling of the legs and ankles, leg ulcers and lymphoedema.
Almost anybody that is looking for a day to day edge in athletics or just in feeling better can benefit. It just makes sense to keep the body in tip top shape using all available methods. We take multi-vitamins and supplements for optimum health. Isn’t circulation and blood flow important?
You bet it is. I wish that I had known about compression socks when I was a waiter and bartender for a few years. The old legs and feet take a real beating in the type of job that keeps you standing all day. Nurses, factory and assembly line workers, or anybody that sits at a desk all day, can benefit from the healthy results of wearing compression socks of some type. You will feel the difference and you will wonder how you managed without them. I know that I did.
I became a believer in compression products when I trained for a 50 mile endurance run a couple of years ago. My hamstring was bothering me and the lengthy training runs were really taking a toll on my leg muscles. On some advice from other runners I purchased a pair of compression tights and “wow.” I felt the difference the first time I wore them. It takes a few minutes to figure out how to get them on, because of how tight they are, but once you master that……no looking back. I felt noticeably better on my runs and the recovery time was a lot quicker. Compression tights put a new glide in my stride and I became a believer in the concept. I am a guy that’s either on the go or trapped in an office, either way I wear my compression socks daily. I like to think that they give me a little boost in energy during the day.
There are a lot of different styles, colors and makes available, but do yourself a favor and try a pair. You don’t need to suffer from any ailment to give compression socks a try.
If you do suffer from swelling due to pregnancy or other causes, even more reason to put on a pair. Compression garments, whether for the legs or upper body, provide a great and breathable under layer for your clothing. The fabric is designed to prevent odours and capture sweat. It can also prevent chafing when you are on the go all day or using it for athletics. That’s why these types of fabric are worn by athletes as an under layer for their equipment, because it’s comfortable, no matter how much you sweat, or what the temperature is.
In case you couldn’t tell. I love compression socks and garments. They put a little glide in my stride and I hope that they can do the same for you. Don
Thanks for dropping by and please feel free to leave any questions or comments below.
The CSFH Team.