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Health and wellness are things that we all are engaged with. Generally, there are two groups who wear compression stockings. One group wears this proactive and as a preventive care measure to keep their legs healthy as long as possible. The other group, perhaps because of their family history or other circumstances, is concerned about the health of their legs. They already experienced signs or symptoms, such as pain, itching, fatigue, cramps or restless legs at night or varicose veins and/or skin lesions with fluid accumulation in the legs. Both groups may be advised by a doctor to wear compression stockings to help relieve the consequences of venous and/or lymphatic conditions.
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Why it’s wise to wear compression stockings for preventive reasons:
Pregnancy. During pregnancy the growing baby causes an increased pressure in the abdomen. As a result of the increasing pressure, the veins underneath can dilate and work less efficiently. In order to relief the stress on the body, your doctor may advise you to wear compression stockings. This can solve a variety of discomforts and problems such as swelling, leg pain or cramps, varicose veins or even prevent more serious conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a very severe disease with a closure of the veins in the deep vascular system.
Long travel. If you are traveling by plane, train, bus or car and sitting still for long hours, an increased risk occurs on developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the so-called “economy-class syndrome”. Controlled studies have shown that wearing compression stockings can effectively prevent or reduce the risk of DVT during long journeys.
Athletes and sports enthusiasts. Compression stockings can be used in a large number of sports. They have shown that they can improve performance by improving blood circulation in the legs. They reduce muscle fatigue and potential muscle and tissue damage.
A good preventive support may generally be achieved by compression stockings Class 1 (15-20 mmHg).