Why Compression Socks Benefit Everyone

 Compression Socks at the Office

With the advent of computers, we’re sitting more than ever. And being on your butt for long stretches at a time promotes poor circulation to your legs and feet, among other things. Our bodies just weren't designed for it.

No wonder your feet get cold or you might find yourself with a midday leg cramp. Sitting for extended periods of time often causes blood to pool in your legs. If you’re desk-sitting you aren’t engaging the leg muscles either. But compression socks can aid in moving the fluid out of your legs, helping you feel better and more energized.

It’s time to unseat some traditions.

One tradition begins in the morning when you’re getting dressed. Instead of grabbing your usual socks, pull on  compression socks. They'll do wonders for you every day as you sit in your office chair. 

Another benefit of compression: it can help you keep your youthful looking legs and healthy veins. In other words, you don't have to surrender to the aging of your legs and feet -- you can fight back!

Compression increases venous circulation and overall leg health and may delay the onset of varicose veins, possibly for years. Although it’s been well known by NASA and the medical community for years, for some reason many office workers are behind the curve when it comes to prevention.

How Can Compression Socks Help You?

Increase athletic performance and speed up muscle recovery. 
Studies have shown that compression stimulates blood flow and reduces lactic acid build-up – delaying the onset of muscle soreness and helping legs recover faster from a hard run. 
Alleviate swollen legs and feet while pregnant.
Changes during pregnancy can cause blood to back up in veins, making clots more likely to form. If a pregnant woman is less mobile, blood is even more likely to back up in leg veins and form a clot.
Travel free of foot and leg discomfort.
On long flights venous pooling is common, putting us at risk for a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). Cabin air pressure can also lead to dehydration, which makes your blood thicker and more likely to pool. Wear compression socks, drink water and not alcohol -  for a healthy flight.
Sit and stand all day with energized legs.
Sitting or standing for extended periods of time can often cause blood to pool in your legs. If unable to move around and engage your muscles, a compression sock can help usher fluid out of your legs.
Maintain youthful looking legs and healthy veins.
Compression can increase venous circulation and overall leg health and may delay the onset of varicose veins, possibly for years. 

                                                      

Benefits of Compression

In its simplest explanation, compression socks can help to increase efficient blood flow (circulation) in the body, which may prevent cramping, spider veins, and blood clots, and also aid in muscle recovery.

Here’s how it all works: We have 16 miles of veins running throughout our bodies. The heart pumps blood into these veins, which carry blood throughout the body to deliver oxygen and nutrients to muscles. Once these deliveries are complete, the blood goes back to the lungs and heart to be enriched…and the process starts all over again.

There are certain situations and medical conditions that challenge this process, causing blood and fluids to pool in the ankles and feet. This is when compression can help.

Graduated compression begins with a slight squeeze or pressure at the foot, with the tightest compression at the ankle followed by a decreased squeeze up the leg. Graduated compression can help prevent blood from pooling in the ankles, returning it back to the heart and lungs more efficiently. As a result, the body experiences increased blood oxygen, which is believed to enhance athletic performance, speed up muscle recovery, and leave legs feeling refreshed and energized.

Compression strength is described as a range, with the higher number representing the pressure at the ankle and the lower number representing the pressure at the top of the sock. This unit of pressure is referred to as mm/Hg (millimeters of mercury).

Our product offers 15-20 mmHg of compression (Moderate Compression); the level of compression that is often recommended during pregnancy or long flights, and to runners, cross-fitters, or anyone who sits or stands for long periods of time. Talk to your doctor to see if 15-20 mmHg is right for you.

 

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