Why Use Compression Socks?
ot achy legs from standing all day? Or do you find yourself feeling dizzy when going from sitting to standing? Maybe you're a runner who wants to train better or chronically ill and looking for a little bit of relief. Compression has a whole host of benefits so let's look at when you might use it and what is right for you.
What are the benefits of compression socks?
Having good blood flow is vital to feeling good. Sometimes your body needs extra help to achieve this. Either because you are sick or you need to do something for an extended period of time.
When blood flow isn’t great, blood can pool in your arms and legs as it’s pulled down by gravity. When you don’t have blood flowing properly you experience swelling, dizziness and pain.
Compression combats this by improving the blood flow around your whole body.
How Do Compression Socks Work?
Compression works by putting pressure on your veins. This helps to push the blood through them. We often use socks for this because blood pools most in your legs thanks to gravity.
With the help of compression, blood flows better around the body and brings with it oxygen. The more oxygen your muscles get the less pain and swelling you have.
It also helps in the same way with the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system works as the waste disposal for the bloodstream. Its job is to take unwanted fluids from the bloodstream and muscles. The lymph nodes produce cells and antibodies to fight infections and diseases.
If the lymphatic system is not working it can cause issues with swelling and immune response. Compression helps the lymphatic system do its job.
Who Should Use Compression Socks?
Now we understand how compression works, who can get the most from it?
People with chronic illnesses or recovering from surgery – as it helps with swelling and pain.
For people who are on their feet all day – soothe aching muscles and tired feet.
Runners and exercise enthusiasts – train for longer, and recover quicker.
Pregnant people – help you and your baby get the best blood flow.
You can even use them as flight socks – Prevent varicose veins and swelling.
These are some of the times compression can help you.