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How to Get Started

How to Get Started

Compression Garments are not intended to be complicated in nature, and it's our hope that we can provide a little bit of "assistance" to help you get started with choosing the right product to fit your needs. This is our way of saying we're here for you, your trusted source for everything compression.

Determine the Right Compression Level
Compression devices are designed to help keep blood flowing in your extremities. There are various levels of compression support, ranging from mild (8-15 mmHg), moderate (15-20 mmHg), firm (20-30 mmHg), and extra firm (30-40 mmHg).

  • Mild compression can provide relief for fatigued legs (from sitting / standing for long periods of time), as well as relieve minor swelling, while encouraging healthy legs.
    • Common Applications: aching legs, tired legs, diabetes
  • Moderate compression provides relief of varicose veins and helps to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
    • Common Applications: economy class syndrome, mild edema, pregnancy, mild swelling, spider veins, varicose veins
  • Firm compression can aid in treatment of edema (abnormal accumulation of fluid) or lymphatic edema, helps prevent reappearance of varicose veins (after treatment), and provides support during pregnancy against varicose veins
    • Common Applications: deep vein thrombosis (DVT), moderate edema, lymphedema, orthostatic hypotension, moderate swelling, superficial thrombophlebitis
  • Extra firm compression is designed to battle severe varicose veins, severe edema, as well as fighting orthostatic hypotension (form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down)
    • Common Applications: severe edema, severe swelling


The terms support stockings, support hose, compression hosiery and compression hose all mean the same thing.

Sheer fabric stockings and opaque fabric stockings both provide the same quality and level of compression.

Athletes
If you live an active lifestyle, and compete in athletic events (either professionally, as an amateur or simply as a hobby) you can gain a performance edge from wearing compression garments. This is accomplished because the compression helps to get oxygen to muscles, while also helping to more quickly remove lactic acid from muscles. This improves endurance and lowers muscle fatigue / pain, while also stabilizing the leg.

Are compression garments unisex?
The answer to this question is that it depends; some garments offered by the industry-leading brands we carry are designed specifically for men, some for women. Others are simply dependent on sizing, and are made with both men and women in mind.

Sizing and Measurements
Each product has its own sizing chart / guide, so be sure to reference the guides, as every product / brand may fit a bit different. Having compression garments that fit properly is key to maximizing benefits and reducing medical issues that may be at hand. You should pay close attention to the sizing charts and the measurements you garner from your own body. If necessary, be sure to have someone assist with taking the measurements to make sure you purchase the right size. Also, measure when swelling is at a minimum – usually in the morning.

Compression garments come with a band at the top of the garment, so that they will stay in place. Some products offer the option of a silicone band at the garment's top, an extra effort to help the garment remain in place and provide the needed support. Silicone banded products are ideal for people with larger than average thighs and calves.

Understanding Compression Garment Lengths
Knee-high hosiery or socks – Designed to offer compression from the ankle to below the knee, often to relieve aching feet and/or swelling in the lower leg (including ankles).

Thigh-high hosiery or pantyhose – When support is needed from the ankle to the thigh, continuously, across the entire leg.

Mid-calf socks – Many travelers, athletes (of all types and at all competition levels) and those living with diabetes who desire a lower level of compression can find benefit from this length of sock.

Both open-toe and closed-toe compression garments provide the same efficiency and impact. The only difference is found in personal preference (often for those looking to conceal the fact that they are wearing a medical device).

Compression Garment Care and Washing Instructions
Properly caring for your compression garment is essential to extending its lifespan, but careful attention needs to be paid to the instructions accompanying the garment. These items need to be washed with mild detergents, and should not be exposed to high temperatures from a washing machine or dryer. The oil from the body's skin, as well as perspiration, need to be regularly removed to prevent the garment's structure from deteriorating.

Pregnancy
The female body grows through an immense amount of changes when pregnant. Spider veins, varicose veins, fluid retention, leg cramps and fatigue are common occurrences that many women are faced with. Swelling in the feet and ankles after a day on her feet is commonplace, but not welcomed. Compression garments, specifically maternity pantyhose, can help to relieve the symptoms outlined above, and in many cases, prevent them from occurring.

Maternity compression pantyhose are different from the stockings you purchase at a department store. Compression garments apply pressure to the thigh and lower leg, in an effort to help blood circulate, thus eliminating unwanted stresses placed on the body.

Good-quality compression pantyhose are not the same thing as regular nylon stockings. Compression therapy works by using elastic fibers woven into the hosiery that apply graduated pressure to specific areas of legs and leg veins, helping blood circulate more easily.

Getting a compression garment that fits you properly, as well as one that provides that right level of compression, is the key to getting the best results. Each product has its own sizing chart / guide; getting the right measurements from your body is the only way to ensure proper fit. To ease the process, if you're pregnant, it is recommended that you have assistance from another person when taking measurements.

Economy Class Syndrome
This is the common name for a medical condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and refers to sitting in the “economy class” of airplanes. When you sit down for a long period of time, or your body is cramped in an awkward / small space, the blood circulation in your body is impacted. This can lead to blood clots that form in your legs, which has the potential to be very dangerous to your health. While remaining in a stationary position, or being immobile, for a long period of time is not advised, compression garments can help improve circulation and decrease the risk of DVT developing.

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