You may be seeing the term “graduated compression” when it comes to describing certain compression garments, whether they be for medical or athletic use. Let’s take a look at the actually graduated compression technique that surrounds many different uses and scenarios for these specialized garments.
Graduate compression socks, stockings or leggings are designed to promote good circulation throughout your legs. Essentially, your blood flows upward to the heart and graduated compression socks/stockings will apply differing amounts of pressure to different parts of the leg. Generally, the amount of pressure around your ankle will be greater than at the upper parts of the leg. This allows the stocking to push blood up the leg from the ankle to the thigh. This will eliminate the possibility of pooling of the blood that can result in swelling and vein issues, such as varicose veins.
For Both Men and Women
This graduated compression technique is designed for both men and women and the garments come in different varieties depending upon the requirements of the wearing, including:
- Knee highs
- Thigh Highs
- Full stockings
Benefits of Graduated Compression Socks/Stockings
There are many different benefits provided by graduated socks. For those who may have vein issues or even blood clots in their legs, compressions stockings can reduce the risk of the situation developing into a more serious medical condition. In some situations, compression socks can even prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Compression stockings/socks can also be used for those suffering from lymphedema or edema, and those who are post-surgery.
Athletes Can Benefit From Compression
Athletes who wear compression socks or other garments have found that there are many benefits such as:
- Alleviating tired muscles through higher oxygen levels because of better circulation
- The lymphatic system is aided in eliminating metabolic waste
- The possibility of injury is reduced
- A feeling of confidence and strength