Compression therapy is a simple and effective means of increasing blood flow activity in the lower limbs through strengthening vein support. It’s a form of care that aims to gently apply pressure to the ankles and legs by wearing specifically designed stockings. These stockings then work to slowly stretch out vein walls and improve overall circulation, which in turn helps eliminate swelling.
Typical compression stockings are generally made from elastic garment apparel, and once put on allow for graduated constriction to begin at the ankle and working it’s way up the leg. The socks or stockings serve as a replicated muscle, adding some pressure to contracting areas of restricted blood circulation in the leg, allowing veins to loosen up and reduce pain in the lower limbs.
Sufferers of chronic venous disease are the main candidates for compression therapy. Chronic venous diseases arise in people with increased pressure strains the leg veins, which can prompt valves within the veins to fail to work efficiently, resulting in blood flow to back up and eventually pool out in the legs. Although sufferers of chronic venous diseases are the main candidates, they are not the only candidates that could benefit from compression therapy. Compression therapy can help anyone’s legs feel more energized. Those of us who spend a great deal of time in one position, whether sitting or standing will benefit greatly from compression.
Other Benefits of Compression Therapy
- Provide relief and minimizes tired and achy legs
- Prevents fatigued legs from long periods of sitting/standing
- Relieve minor swelling of feet, ankles and legs
- During pregnancy, preventing formation of varicose veins and spider veins
- Prevention and relief of minor to moderate varicose and spider veins
- Treatment of moderate to severe edema
Compression stockings come in medical grade and non-medical grade categories. Medical grade stockings are made available in multiple compression support levels depending on your medical needs. Elevate Orthotics stocks both types, and most grades of stockings. At your compression therapy fitting appointment, level of compression will be discussed and determined. Medical grade compression stockings are covered by most extended benefits plans 100%, when prescribed by a medical physician!