The Medicine you Wear
Graduated Compression Stockings
The Medicine you Wear
What is compression therapy? How does graduated compression therapy help with the management of venous problems?
As a person walks, the contraction and relaxation of the calf muscles around the veins aid in moving blood toward the heart. The external graduated compression of stockings act as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavity of the vein is reduced, thereby restoring blood flow to a normal state and aiding overall circulation.
To be most effective, the socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and removed before you go to bed. Some people have an inherited weakness of the vein walls or valves which creates additional challenges to venous return. Wearing graduated compression socks or stockings is vital for the prevention and treatment of varicose veins and other circulatory problems.
The needs of people with venous disorders are very different and their requirements change over time and with varying life styles or conditions. A range of medical compression therapy solutions in response to those different needs are designed.
MEDICAL Compression Hosiery and Socks are used to treat venous and lymphatic disorders in ambulatory patients. Graduated compression stockings are used for all stages of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, including varicose veins, edema, stasis skin changes and venous procedures. They may also be used in preventing and treating Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.
MANY OF OUR CLIENTS WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM LEG PAIN AND HEAVINESS IN THEIR LEGS, FIND RELIEF BY USING WEIGHT LOSS DIETS AS WELL
WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS?
In industrialized countries, more than 30% of women and about 10% of men consult for venous signs and symptoms of the legs. Important factors such as heredity, excess weight, and some professions requiring prolonged periods of standing or sitting may increase the risk of developing a chronic venous disease of the leg. These conditions can evolve and produce complications such as skin pigmentation, chronic edema, dermititis, eczema, phlebitis and ultimately leg ulcerations. The most common symptoms are feelings of heaviness and tiredness in the legs, especially after long days of work, and often associated with leg swelling.
There are two types of varicose vein classifications – primary and secondary. The risk of developing primary varicose veins is frequently associated with heredity, female gender, pregnancy and higher age. Secondary varicosities are a direct result of deep vein occlusion. In this case, superficial veins may be part of the collateral venous circulation leading to dilatation, elongation and valve insufficiency of these veins. Varicose veins are part of the chronic venous insufficiency disease. If not treated, varicose veins can lead to the aggravation of the disease and to the signs of CVI.
Wearing compression socks or stockings is vital for the management and treatment of varicose veins and other venous disorders.
The needs of people with venous disorders are very different and their requirements change over time and with varying life styles or conditions. Compression therapy solutions are classified in different models : socks, stockings, pantyhose, (with closed or open toe), arm sleeves, mitten ; made of different textures: micro or natural fibers for best comfort, and available in different styles and colours to match your life style and fashion trends.