What is Compression Therapy?

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Compression therapy means wearing socks or stockings that are specially designed to support your veins and increase circulation in your legs. The socks or stockings are normally worn in the morning upon arising, and removed at night. Throughout the day the compression they provide prevents blood from pooling in leg veins, thereby helping overall circulation and diminishing any leg swelling you may have.

How compression therapy stockings work? 

Compression stockings improve the signs and symptoms of various conditions of venous disease by providing graduated compression therapy to help control leg swelling and discomfort.  They are designed to provide support to the legs and veins, assist with circulation, and minimize swelling. The compression is graduated, with the strongest support starting at the ankles and gradually decreasing towards the top of the garment. This gradual support works in conjunction with the pumping action of the calf muscles, which also assist with circulation. 

How do I get compression stockings? 

Talk to your health care provider to find out if graduated compression stockings are right for you. If they are,  your healthcare provider can tell you what pressure grade you should buy. Additionally, your healthcare provider may be able to recommend an authorized vendor that can measure and fit you for the stockings and can provide education regarding compression therapy.  Since all legs are different in length and circumferences, before a stocking is dispensed the medical supply personnel will measure the intended leg to ensure maximum therapeutic effects from the stockings.

For further information please consult following chapter of Layman's Handbook of Venous Disorders:

Chapter 13: Compression Therapy for Venous Disorders and Venous Ulceration