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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

These Aren't Your Grandma's Compression Garments!

Compression revisited.  Let's take a moment to refresh or reset our thinking about compression garments, shall we?

What it is: 
Compression garments push dilated vein walls back into place, enabling veins to close properly and function more efficiently.  This results in increased blood flow, reducing leg swelling, pain, fatigue and risk of blood clot formation.

How and Why:
Exact fit is critical so that pressure is distributed in a graduated manner and blood flows from the leg veins back to the heart.  All retailers selling compression garments should have professional fitters, and the best time to measure is in the morning when swelling is at its lowest.  

What You Need:
Light compression garments (for travel or those on their feet all day) do not require a prescription from your doctor, but higher compression does (for venous disease or other conditions), so talk to your doctor. The good news is that today’s compression garments are sheer, lightweight and barely distinguishable from regular fashion stockings!

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