Compression wear, as you know if you are a regular reader of this blog, has become increasingly popular among athletes who wear it to improve their performance, circulation and recovery times. However, did you know that compression got its start in the medical arena, and is now used as an important to relieve symptoms of various chronic illnesses? Today we are going to examine how compression wear works with chronic illness.
What is a Chronic Illness?
Simply put, a chronic illness or disease is one that persists for a long time — more than three months — as defined by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. These illnesses and diseases cannot be prevented by vaccines nor can they be cured by medication. And they also will not just disappear or heal on their own. Chronic illnesses are very prevalent in older people. About 88% of all American over the age of 65 suffer from at least one chronic health issue. Common chronic illnesses include:
- Cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes
- Kidney disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Vein disease
Compression and Chronic illness
While compression gear cannot help with all chronic diseases, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes, it can help alleviate symptoms in conditions such as arthritis, vein disease, chronic pain and Raynauds.
How Does Compression Wear Works With Chronic Illness
Compression can serve a number of purposes including:
- Increasing blood flow to help with those suffering from Raynaud’s or other conditions that cause poor circulation.
- Reduces swelling or edema
- Prevent blood pooling — which is especially helpful for those suffering from vein diseases such as varicose veins
- Decrease chronic pain by increasing oxygenation and blood circulation
If you suffer from any of these chronic illnesses or want to prevent them, such as vein disease, you should definitely contact your physician. In fact, you should work with your physician if you are considering wearing compression to help treat your chronic illness. Additionally, your physician can help you choose the proper compression level for your individual case.
However, once you know the best compression level you need to help alleviate your symptoms, you can choose compression gear that suits your style. You may be thinking that medical compression is that old-fashioned rubbery hosiery. No! Not anymore! ZeroPoint Compression specializes in medical-grade compression wear that is not only functional but fashionable! And our team knows how compression wear works with chronic illness and can answer your questions.
Whether you need sleeves, leggings or other gear, just browse our full menu of offerings. And if you need any help at all, just contact us. We are here to help you find the best compression gear, whether it be for sports or medical reasons!