Benefits of Compression Therapy

Benefits of Compression Therapy

Compression therapy means using compression socks, Sandsoxx, boots, or bandages to apply gentle pressure to the leg. Doctors have prescribed compression therapy for thousands of years, as far back as Hippocrates of ancient Greece. Modern science continues to discover new benefits of compression therapy.

Better Blood Flow

‌When you are sitting or standing, the veins in your legs must fight gravity to move blood back to your heart. Compression therapy gently squeezes the leg, which helps blood flow faster and keep moving in the right direction.‌

Prevention and Treatment of Varicose Veins

‌In order to push blood back up toward the heart, the veins in your legs have valves that only allow blood to move in one direction. Sometimes these valves wear out and let the blood pool in the veins. This can lead to varicose veins, swollen and twisted veins that can cause pain and a heavy, achy feeling in your legs.

Compression stockings can help reduce the discomfort and swelling that varicose veins cause. After varicose vein treatment, compression therapy may help prevent you from getting new varicose veins.

Less Swelling

‌Pressure from compression socks can keep fluid from leaking out of small blood vessels in your legs. It can help prevent swelling when you must sit or stand still for long periods of time. For example, some people wear them on long airplane flights or if they stand on their feet a lot at work. ‌

‌Compression therapy can also help treat swelling. When there is extra fluid in your legs, compression helps your body absorb it.

Swelling in your feet and ankles is also a common side effect of pregnancy. If you are pregnant, check with your doctor about wearing compression tights to reduce swelling and leg discomfort.