Frequently Asked Questions On Effects Of Compression Wear

What are the positive and negative effects of compression wear?

Depending upon why you are wearing compression wear, the effects of compression wear vary. If you are wearing them for medical reasons, the benefits can include:

  • Reduced swelling
  • Increased circulation
  • Prevent blood clots
  • Abdominal support

If you are wearing them for sports, the benefits include:

  • Better circulation and oxygenation
  • Injury prevention
  • Relieve pain from muscles soreness/swelling
  • Decrease recovery time
  • Keep muscles warmer to prevent strain
  • Stabilize joints

Some negative effects of compression wear, which usually occur if compression is worn too long include:

  • Tingling or a conditional known as meraligia parasthetica caused by prolonged pressure on the groin region
  • Difficulty digesting foods

Additionally, some studies have shown that compression during sports/exercise can give you a false sense of performance and/or strength that can result in injuries from lifting too much or exerting yourself too much.

Is it OK to wear compression shirts in public?

The answer to this one is that it’s up to your own personal tastes and style. With today’s modern designs and   styles, compression shirts are attractive AND functional. While it may not be in the best of taste to wear a compression shirt to a formal event, you can easily wear them during your everyday errands and tasks. And of course, you can certainly wear these form-fitting garments UNDER clothing that may be more formal in nature!

Should I wear compression clothing regularly?

If you are wearing compression wear for medical issues, you should wear them according to your physician’s directions. If you are wearing them for athletics or sports, it is advised that you wear them during and after your workouts and activities, as the benefits occur during and after workouts/activities.

What are the benefits of wearing compression clothing to work out?

The effects of compression wear include:

  • Better circulation and oxygenation
  • Injury prevention
  • Relieve pain from muscles soreness/swelling
  • Decrease recovery time
  • Keep muscles warmer to prevent strain
  • Stabilize joints

Why do people wear compression pants while working out?

Many people, especially runners wear compression pants for many reasons. Compression pants and shorts are also worn by pregnant women to help alleviate varicose veins and other such conditions that can be a result of the pregnancy.

The other benefits produced by wearing compression pants while working out include those we have mentioned above.

How long should I wear compression stockings to improve my circulation?

You should usually wear your compression stockings all day. The best time to start wearing your stockings is right after you wake up, as your limbs will be experiencing the least amount of swelling. If you are wearing compression stockings for a medical condition, your physician will instruct you as to how long you should be wearing the garments.

How many hours per day should athletes wear compression gear?

Most athletes wear their compression wear during the activity, and then for several hours after as one of the main benefits of compression is that it will speed up recovery, as well as get rid of lactic acid build up in the muscles.

When does compression wear actually work?

Compression wear works on several different levels. First of all, the medical reasons for compression include providing the increased blood circulation that can help alleviate the symptoms and signs of vein disease, as well as preventing blood clots. Compression wear has actually been around for about 160 years (first patented in 1848).  It has also been shown through several studies that the benefits of compression for athletes and sportspeople are huge. Whether you are just a weekend warrior or a professional, you will certainly benefit from wearing compression.

What are some common myths about compression wear?

Some of the most common myths about compression wear include:

  • It is only used as a medical device or for people who are injured or inactive.
  • Compression wear will not help performance.
  • There has been no research done about the benefits of compression wear.
  • Some muscles will become weaker because they are not being used when wearing compression

How do I wear compression wear?

Interestingly, most compression gear have a left and right indicator so that you will be wearing items such as sleeves and socks on the correct limb. Also, you will need to wear the gear correctly and in the right gradient direction as one of the main things compression does is push the blood toward the heart for better oxygenation. Most compression gear is “gradient” in its construction. For example, with calf sleeves you will find that the pressure is higher around the ankles and relaxes as it approaches the knee.

How do I care for my compression wear?

Generally, compression wear can be washed with a mild detergent on the delicate cycle. It is recommended that they be allowed to air dry to help them keep their elasticity. Proper care will allow the garments to last a long time before replacement may be needed.