While traveling can be a rewarding and fun endeavor, it can take a toll on your body, especially your circulatory system. You may have experienced those achy legs and/or swollen legs after or even during a plane flight. Unfortunately, these symptoms can lead to serious conditions such as blood clots. So, today’s blog is going to examine 5 ways to wear compression socks for long flights as well as other things you can do to help make sure you (and your legs) remain healthy during air travel.
Why Compression Socks?
You may be thinking: Why would those old-fashioned stockings we usually think about older folks wearing be of help during airplane travel? Well, compression socks and stockings can help prevent dangerous blood clots (which can lead to thins such as conditions as deep vein thrombosis) by increasing circulation. Compression gear can also help relieve swelling.
Wearing compression socks/stockings can be especially helpful for pregnancy. Flying while pregnant has increased risks for clots and varicose veins. It is advised that you wear compression during your flight, as well as the entire day of the flight and into your sleep time.
It has been noted that some athletes are now making it a common practice to wearing compression socks on long flights to competitions, and wearing other compression gear along with the socks, such as shorts and T-shirts.
Other Tips for Healthy Flying
In addition to wearing compression socks/stockings for your flight time, there are several other tips that can help keep yourself healthy during a flight.
- Hydrate — This cannot be overemphasized. Flying is known to be a dehydrating experience. It is recommended that you hydrate before, during, and after you flight. The combination of dehydration and having to remain sitting for long periods of time can create a situation where clots can start to form more easily.
- Try to move around — If you can, during your flight, try to get up and walk up and down the aisle. You can also try to flex and stretch your legs while in your seat.
- Wear loose clothing — Wearing clothing that can restrict your blood flow can lead to swelling and blood clots. Plus, it’s probably not very comfortable.
- Avoid alcohol, diuretics, and caffeine before your flight
As you can see, the main reason for wearing compression is to maintain good circulation during a time where you may not be able to get up and move around. Compression gear can help you during flights or long delays at the airport, and in general, help keep you comfortable.
If you want to know more about how compression gear can help with your travels, please contact us at ZeroPoint Compression. Our team members can help you select the best socks or stockings for your upcoming flight or even find compression gear that can help with your sports activities.