Compression gear crosses the divide between the sporting and non-sporting world in a big way. This is because its use is not restricted to the sporting elite or to serious athletes – normal, everyday people going about their normal routine can also reap significant health benefits from using compression gear on a regular basis.
The advantages that compression clothing hold for laypeople who aren’t necessarily looking to improve their sporting performance or to avoid injury are the same as the benefits they hold for professional athletes: improved circulation, intravenous micro-massages, and increased absorption of tissue fluid by the lymphatic system and capillaries.
Take the load off your legs
If your job requires that you stand up or sit still for extended periods of time during the day, compression gear may be invaluable in ensuring a pain-free day, and may even play a preventative role in certain ailments associated with a workday spent mostly in a sedentary environment, or constantly on one’s feet. This is because compression clothing stimulates circulation in the legs when a person is not able to regularly stretch or stimulate blood flow with some form of activity.
On the road again
Extended periods of sitting due to long haul travel per plane, train, car, or any type of vehicle can lead to the development of blood clots in the legs, due to blood pooling in the lower legs. This may lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT); a condition associated with a number of serious health issues, among them, pulmonary embolisms.
While it is always advisable to get up once every hour and engage simple stretches, compression gear further assists travellers by providing an intravenous massage that keeps the blood circulating, even when you’re stuck in your seat for extended periods.
Wearing compression socks may be useful for a range of pre-existing health conditions, including:
- Lymphedema (swelling in the arms or legs)
- Varicose veins
- Venous insufficiency (where the blood flow to the heart is insufficient, leading to pooling of blood in the veins in the legs) due to varicose veins or DVT
- Phlebitis (inflammation of the veins)
- Leg ulcers
- Lipodermatosclerosis (changes in the skin on the lower legs due to inflammation of the layer of fat under the skin)
- Dermatitis (skin inflammation)
- Tired or aching legs
Compression clothing can be worn all day in the case of people whose jobs require extended periods on the feet or at a desk, or may be worn only when required. All in all, compression clothing may prove beneficial to anyone, from office workers and baristas, to people struggling with old sports injuries.