Varicose veins are among the common problems of adults, especially women. Basically, they do not look attractive in legs and thighs, but they are commonly not benign and do not require treatment. However, it is recommendable that you take preventive measures to avoid developing varicose veins in some parts of your body in the future.
Varicose veins are results of poor blood flow in the veins. So, the key is to make sure that your blood circulates properly through the veins. One way is to undergo compression therapy that you can perform at the comfort of your home.
How does Compression Therapy work?
Compression therapy has been done by athletes before. They rely on compression socks and shorts after a workout to reduce muscle soreness. On the other hand, compression therapy is also used to increase blood flow activity in the lower body. Compression garments like socks, socks, shorts, and tights provide vein support by applying pressure to the body part. They are effective in stretching out vein walls to improve blood circulation, thus eliminate swelling.
Who is allowed to undergo Compression Therapy?
Sufferers of venous diseases are the main candidates for compression therapy. Venous diseases result in the formation of blood clots or varicose veins. It occurs when the valves of the veins do not function properly which affect the blood flow.
Compression garments are available in pharmacies and even in online shops. However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests undergoing Doppler Ultrasound first before purchasing compression garments. It is a non-invasive test that estimates the blood flow through your blood vessels. It will tell you if you are fit to use compression garments.
It is also advised if you consult your doctor first. They will give you the proper medications or will advise you actions to do in addressing your problem with varicose veins or other venous diseases. They will also recommend you custom made compression garments to ensure that you will get the expected correction.
What are the Benefits of Compression Therapy?
Using compression garments have good effects to the body. Basically, it increases blood flow while decreasing blood volume in the veins. It also reduces refluxing affected veins and eliminates pathologically elevated pressure. It also has good effects on your tissues. It increases the drainage of noxious substances, reduces inflammation and promotes faster muscle recovery. Through compression, muscle aches, swelling, and fatigues will be minimized. Moreover, it improves movements of tendons and joints.
How do I use and maintain compression garments?
Usually, doctors will advise you to wear your compression garments every day to obtain proper correction. You have to wear them in the all throughout the day and take them off when you go to bed. They can really be uncomfortable especially during a hot season.
Compression garments are usually replaced every three months, depending on the frequency of use. Of course, you have to buy two to three pairs so that you can use another pair if you wash the used pairs. If your compression garments get damaged, make sure to replace them as they no longer have an effect.