A Look at Compression Tights for Circulation
If you go to the gym on a regular basis, you’ve probably seen some of your fellow gym-goers wearing compression gear — from shorts and shirts to socks and sleeves. And you may be wondering if these have any benefits past looking really cool? Well, here’s a look at one of the more important benefits: compression tights for circulation.
What Are Compression Tights?
Compression tights can be worn by both men and women, and there are a couple of different types, each with a differing purpose. You can find them in a full tight style, or stockings and socks that are just that: from your foot to just below your knee.
Let’s take a look at how compression leggings can help in some medical situations.
- Lymphedema – This is an accumulation of lymph fluids in the tissues and causes swelling, usually in the lower extremities. Compression leggings and tights can increase circulation of both blood and lymphatic fluids to decrease swelling.
- Varicose Veins – This is a common vein disease that cause the ropey, raised blue/red veins in the legs. Wearing compression can help alleviate the look of these veins as well as preventing varicose veins from developing into more serious conditions.
- Pregnancy Support – Many women experience swollen, achy feet and legs. The added weight of the baby can also cause other problems such as varicose vein, edema and other similar conditions. Wearing compression tights for circulation can alleviate many of these symptoms. You should consult with your doctor before wearing compression garments.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – This is a vein condition that has a blood clot forming in the deep veins of the body, usually within the legs, causing pain. DVT can also lead to very serious conditions if left untreated. Compression can help reduce the swelling and can increase circulation.
Support for Athletes
Compression tights for circulation can also increase performance levels among many athletes, runners in particular. Compression supports major muscle groups for more efficient functioning. Compression gear also allows these muscles to recover faster through the elimination body waste, especially lactic acid.
The support and warmth provided by compression gear for athletes will also help athletes stay warm or cool, and allowing for easier workouts.