what is compression therapy?
Compression therapy is wearing socks that are specially designed to support your veins and increase blood circulation in your legs. Socks are usually put on in the morning after getting up and taken off at night. Throughout the day, the compression they provide prevents blood from collecting in the veins of the legs, thus helping with overall circulation and reducing any leg swelling you may have.
How do compression socks work?
Compression stockings improve the signs and symptoms of various venous disease conditions by providing gradual compression therapy to help control leg swelling and discomfort. They are designed to provide support to the legs and veins, aid circulation and minimise swelling. Compression is graduated, with the strongest compression starting at the ankles and gradually decreasing towards the top of the foot. This gradual compression works in combination with the pumping action of the calf muscles, which also aid circulation.
How is compression determined?
At the appointment of elastocompression therapy, you will be advised what pressure class is appropriate for you. As all feet are different in length and girth, your foot will be measured before the sock is fitted to ensure maximum therapeutic effect from the socks.
Compression stockings can also be used to complement other forms of treatment.