Compression garments have become quite trendy. In my neighborhood the weekend warriors and regular runners and bikers can often be seen sporting bright sleeves on their arms or legs. What is behind this trend?
The use of compression garments started in the medical industry where they were prescribed for edema (swelling) due to vein or heart conditions and pregnancy, varicose veins and overall fatigue. Athletes started to use them feeling they would help with efficiency, muscle fatigue and recovery. The jury is still out on their usefulness for athletes but their therapeutic use is universally supported.
So what are the best uses for compression socks? Many conditions requiring compression garments should be monitored by a physician. They will sometimes prescribe compression and the garments will be fit for the specific situation. This is usually the case for post surgical uses, lymphedema, severe varicose veins and other venous conditions.
Compression without medical intervention. Over the counter compression socks like those sold at Ease Living have countless uses. Our 8-15 mmHg compression knee highs provide very light compression. They can provide relief from tired aching legs and help control minor swelling. Most people say the stockings simply feel good. Our 15-20 mmHg compression knee highs are great for travel to prevent swelling during long flights and when standing or sitting for long periods of time on the job. They can also provide relief from minor swelling and the pain from varicose veins. This is the compression often recommended during pregnancy.
Compression at Ease Living. Most compression garments are ugly. They are thick, oddly flesh colored,hot and uncomfortable. They are something we would never sell. Our knee high compression socks come in fun colorful patterns to match every outfit. Therapeutic and stylish- just like everything we carry at Ease Living.