Monday, March 19, 2012

Why Compression Clothing?

Compression clothing can be used for many different reasons and has a wide array of benefits. Compression clothing simply means special garments that are very form fitting. They are often made of a spandex-type of material. Benefits of compression clothing when used for an athlete are things like reduced probability of injury, maintaining body temperature, reduced build up of Creatine kinase, reduced muscle movement, and moisture wicking. There are also benefits to people with severe varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. Compression clothing can aid in keeping blood from pooling which aggravates these conditions.

Compression socks or stockings are designed to prevent and help stop further progression of venous disorders. Compression socks work by putting pressure around the limb which in turn keeps veins from being overly distended. Keeping the veins at a normal size promotes better blood flow and keeps legs from feeling achy or heavy. The most common use of compression socks or stockings is for achy legs, edema, varicose veins, spider veins, deep vein thrombosis, and pregnancy, among others. The stockings come in size classes that range from 10 mmHg to greater than 50 mmHg. They come in over the counter varieties as well as higher compression prescription varieties. Styles are sock, knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose.

Compression sleeves increase blood flow to the arm. They can help prevent arm injury, aid in keeping swelling down, and help alleviate pain. They come in many colors and a variety of different weights and fabrics. Some compression sleeves cover only your arm while others cover your arm as well as the palm of the hand, leaving only fingers exposed. Lotion may be used to help put the sleeve on and adhesive might help if there are issues with the sleeve slipping down your arm.

Juzo is a popular brand for compression wear. Juzo compression wear offers stockings, Lymphedema garments, silver garments, prosthetics, and orthopedic devices. Juzo compression wear is latex-free and are made from Lycra material. They offer covered compression fibers inside and out which makes them much more comfortable to wear than similar products by other brands. This also aids in the ease of putting the garments on and taking them off. Latex-free means the garment is able to be machine washed and put in the dryer on low heat. Garments should be washed daily to keep them clean. Juzo compression garments come in a wide variety of sizes and styles and if needed can be custom made to fit any size or shape.

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