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Vascular Compression FAQs

Vascular Compression products have been around for a long time, especially in the athletic world. Not only are vascular compression garments popular in sports, but they are also worn by others regardless of age, such as nurses, travelers, and everyday people because of the proven results these products deliver. The benefits people are receiving from wearing vascular compression garments are pretty incredible.

What are Vascular Compression Garments?

Many people think that vascular compression products are just tight-fitting clothes. There is a science to the way vascular compression garments are made to be beneficial to our health. Made of engineered, elastic gradient compression fabric, vascular compression products mold around different body parts and work to increase blood and lymphatic flow throughout that area of the body. They range from open- and closed-toe compression stockings, leg sleeves, ankle supports, arthritis gloves, and more.  Physicians have clinically proven vascular compression products to significantly lessen the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

What Do Vascular Compression Garments Do?

Vascular Compression Products are made to utilize consistent pressure to boost circulation while relieving pain and inflammation and provide support. These compression products are designed to fit tightly around certain body parts, causing the muscles to stay in place, stimulate blood circulation, and flush excess fluid away. The results of this are reduced muscle movement and micro-tears, which results in less soreness and fatigue during a workout and faster muscle repair and recovery. By reducing muscle movement and micro-tears and the increased blood circulation, less pain and fatigue are experienced after being on your feet all day or after traveling. Vascular compression garments can also reduce inflammation and lower the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). 

Why Should I Wear a Vascular Compression Garment?

If your job requires you to be on your feet most of the day, if you regularly work out at the gym, frequently travel, run, wear heels, or are immobile, you might want to consider wearing vascular compression products. Vascular compression garments for the feet and legs should be considered if you are at risk for developing DVT. If you are a runner, you could greatly benefit from vascular compression garments due to their ability to reduce soreness and fatigue in the legs. After surgery, when a patient is immobile, vascular compression products also help reduce the risk of developing DVT. The potential for blood clots forming is much higher during a hospital stay. One reason to use compression garments for your upper body is to treat painful lateral and medial epicondylitis, known as Tennis or Golfer’s elbow. If you have any pain in your joints or muscles, you can probably benefit from compression garments, but always first consult your doctor.

What Are the Different Levels of Vascular Compression Garments?

Vascular Compression Garments are available in 5 different levels, offering pressure that ranges from 8 to 50 mmHg, with each compression level specifically designed for specific tasks and needs of the patient.

1. Mild Compression

Mild compression is the lowest and first level of compression. This level is 8-15 mmHg, which offers light pressure designed to relieve soreness and aching joints. The use of mild compression garments may prevent the formation of varicose veins.

2. Medium Compression

The next level of compression goes from 15-20 mmHg and is generally used to offer relief from aches and more severe pains. Medium compression garments are great for those who travel often or those who are sedentary for long periods and need to improve their blood circulation.

3. Firm Compression

This level offers compression at 20-30 mmHg and is the most commonly used level. This compression level is specifically used to promote blood or lymphatic fluid circulation rather than relieving sore or achy muscles and joints. Circulation is often decreased after surgery or if someone suffers from a medical condition such as diabetes or neuropathy. 

4. Extra-Firm Compression

The fourth level of compression delivers extra-firm compression that is 30-40 mmHg. This compression level is used for the treatment of more severe conditions like chronic circulatory issues. More pressure is offered and can be used for larger patients to relive hypertension or treat severe edema,

5. Medical Compression

Finally, the highest level of compression is 40-50 mmHg. This level is only used during rehabilitation or medical treatment and requires a prescription. These vascular compression garments are most often used after surgery to prevent circulation problems like blood pooling or for those that are bedridden or have limited mobility.

Vascular Compression Products have grown rapidly in popularity no matter what industry you work in or your lifestyle. They are designed to make your life more comfortable. For any other questions you may have about the Vascular Compression Products we offer, one of our Personally Delivered Product Experts will be happy to help and are just a phone call away.