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Compression Therapy. Compression stockings.

Article / Review by on January 30, 2010 – 4:01 amNo Comments

What is Compression Therapy?

Compression therapy provides you with the necessary support to maintain and enhance your lifestyle
Whether it’s being engaged in daily activities or spending time doing the things you really love, like traveling, being outdoors or participating in your favorite hobbies,  you can continue to engage in daily activities while receiving the therapeutic benefits of compression.

Compression stockings are used to support the venous and lymphatic systems of the leg.  They offer graduated compression where maximum compression is achieved at the ankle and decreases as you move up the leg. This compression, when combined with the muscle pump effect of the calf, aids in circulating blood and lymph fluid through the legs.

Compression garments are categorized by classes. These classes consist of compression ranges, which are measured in mmHg—meaning millimeters of mercury, the universal form of measurement used for this type of garment.

Wearing Compression Stockings

Today, compression stockings are available in a wide range of opacities, colors, styles and sizes, making them virtually indistinguishable from regular hosiery or socks. You can even find lace thigh-high compression stockings, for special occasions. No one will know the difference!

The first few times you wear your compression garment you will notice the squeeze. It is OK to begin wearing your stockings gradually. Try wearing them for just a few hours the first day and then increase the number of hours each day until you can wear them comfortably throughout the day while you are up and about. Check your stockings periodically to smooth out any wrinkles as the fabric may move during the day. Remove your stockings before going to bed.

How do compression stockings help?

Calf-length compression stockings with a pressure range between 11 and 21 mmHg are able to reduce or totally prevent evening swelling of the feet (evening edema) and are recommended for people with a profession connected with long periods of sitting or standing.

When Is Compression Therapy Recommended?

Blood Clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
Mild Swelling
Moderate Swelling
Severe Swelling
Spider Veins
Varicose Veins
Venous Insufficiency
Tired, Aching Legs
Pregnancy DVT Prevention / Travel
Neuropathy
Diabetes
Post-Sclerotherapy
Venous Ulcers
Stasis Dermatitis
Lymphedema

Best Compression Stockings Brands:

– JOBST® Compression garments

JOBST® is the #1 physician recommended brand of medical compression stockingsJobst compression stockings, and their custom products are backed with over 50 years of experience in fitting and design. You can benefit from JOBST® compression hosiery whether you suffer from tired aching legs because you spend too much time standing or sitting, or suffer from more serious problems like swelling and venous disease. JOBST® offer a wide range of colors and styles to meet your needs.

Buy Jobst compression stockings at one of the three Certified Internet Resellers: Aleva Health

Aleva Health is a division of American Medical Services which was founded in 1957 by Joseph L. Gaskins. Compression stockings lines include:
Sigvaris Stockings
Mediven Stockings
Juzo Stockings

 Aleva Health also offers:
Therafirm Support Hosiery
Futuro Support Hosiery
Activa Support Hosiery
Arthritis Relief Products

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