What is Compression Therapy and how does it work?
Compression therapy is aimed at providing support to the complex network of veins in our extremities. Compression garments come in many forms, usually as stockings, socks or bandages. These are high grade elastic garments provide a higher pressure at the bottom than at the top, creating a pressure gradient, i.e. the stocking will provide more pressure at the ankle than at the knee. This pressure gradient promotes the flow of blood back to the heart, preventing it from pooling in the extremities. Compression garments usually come in different levels of compression: low (15-20 mmHg), medium (20-30 mmHg) and high (30-40 mmHg). These different levels of pressures are indicated for different conditions.
The Benefits of Compression Therapy
- Promotes blood circulation in the extremities
- Reduces swelling in the extremities
- Prevent varicose veins
- Prevents the formation of venous ulcers
- Prevents formation of blood clots
- Reduces discomfort and pain in the legs
Who can use Compression Stockings / Socks?
- Pregnant women
- Varicose veins
- Chronic leg pain
- Swollen legs
- During air-travel
- Active individuals in their sporting activities
I don’t have any leg problems, should I use compression stockings?
With the proper screening and use, anyone can benefit from wearing compression socks / stocking. If your legs feel heavy and swollen after a long day at work, if you stand for extended periods of time throughout the day, or even if you are physically active, compression garments can help optimize the blood circulation in the legs and offer long lasting pain relief.
Our team at Therapy One receives regular training regarding leg health and strives to offer a proper follow-up with compression therapy. We educate our patients regarding the use of their compression stockings and socks, how to maintain the integrity of their compression garments etc.
Are you covered?
Most extended health insurance cover up to 100% a few pairs of compression socks or stockings a year. Check with your insurance provider regarding your coverage.
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