Compression stockings are designed to relieve discomfort and swelling in the lower legs. Varicose veins, for instance, can reduce the level of blood flow and cause the legs to become swollen. As such, compression stockings can also help to prevent more dangerous health concerns such as blood clots. This particular field is known as “compression therapy.”
So how do they work? The act of compression enhances circulation and blood flow by gently compressing the veins and therefore keeping the blood moving, preventing it from pooling in one location. This also helps the blood to flow toward the heart. Compression stockings can be used as a treatment for both venous and orthostatic hypertension. They are also recommended for the prevention of venous ulcers and deep vein thrombosis.
Compression stockings come in a host of different varieties.
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