First and most important before implementing any type of compression therapy you should consult a medical specialist (physician) to receive a proper evaluation and recommendations on what the best course of action would be for your condition.
Compression therapy is a non-invasive approach in treating conditions of the venous and lymphatic system where precisely defined pressure is applied on tissue and veins. It is often used with other treatment methods or as a preventive measure.
Compression reduces enlarged blood vessels to their normal size. Venous valves that are still intact are then able to resume their function as check valves, preventing any pooling of blood in the legs. Swelling in the legs is reduced because excess fluid is reabsorbed into the veins where it can be easily carried away. The applied pressure also speeds up the flow of blood and minimizes the occurrence of blood clots.
What Is Compression And Why Use Compression?
Webster’s dictionary defines compression as follows:
- An increase in the density of something.
- The process or result of becoming smaller or pressed together
- Applying pressure.
Compression Therapy Utilizing Compression Stockings
- Increases the density of the compressed tissue.
- Returns blood flow to the heart closer to normal levels because enlarged veins become smaller with compression.
- Reduces or prevents swelling that may occur as a result of fluid retention.
This site focuses primarily on compression therapy involving the use of compression wear. Here you will find an extensive discussion around the use and benefits of compression stockings and their potential for reducing or alleviating problems associated with pain and swelling in the extremities (mainly the arms and legs) of your body.
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