So you really suffer from sore and aching legs – an ailment that is rumoured to affect as much as seven out of ten people in the UK so don’t worry you’re not on your own – and have been looking at the options available to you.
You have stumbled across a forum post or two saying compression stockings are really the bee’s knees and wonder what the fuss is all about.
Certainly for pregnant women, those with poor circulation and those seven in ten suffering from sore and aching legs at times, compression stockings or socks can be really beneficial.
In this blog I look at how compression hosiery products work and who else they can really benefit.
Just How Compression Works
The science behind compression hosiery is simple enough. The Compression hosiery, whether it be a sock or tights, is deliberately tighter at the ankle and looser as you move further up the leg, in essence it is squeezing your legs, but for the good of your health!
This is so that it can push the blood up away from the ankle to your heart. This then helps alleviate the often painful symptoms caused by a poor blood flow.
Get That Blood Pumping
Breaking down the tight at each point, the highest point of compression at your ankle(s) helps forces blood away from foot. The medium compression point obviously offers a reduced level of compression that pushes blood a little further up your leg before the lowest point of compression then drives the blood from your leg to your heart.
Is Compression Hosiery For Me?
As outlined at the beginning of this blog, a reported seven in ten people suffer from sore and aching legs at some point, a reported one in ten suffering each day and over half at least at some point in the week. So, there is obviously some benefit to these people. There is even a variety of different compression levels designed to suit different illnesses and ailments, so it is well worth contacting your GP about the benefits of compression products.
Mums to be also face a series of changes to their body, leading to mixed hormones, extra ‘baggage’ so to speak and when it all comes down to it, heavy legs and swollen ankles. Maternity tights can be a great solution to these ailments.
But I’m Athletic, Trim And Healthy So Why Do I Need Compression Products?
Steady on there fella, you may indeed be athletic trim and healthy, but compression products can also give you an extra boost on the track or on the pitch too. Sports compression products are a handy little tool to have in your arsenal as they can often help give you an extra boost to start with and also help keep the circulation going, which in turn helps boost stamina and performance.
There you have it then, whether you are in the seven out of ten suffering from sore or tired legs, a pregnant mum to be, or even a budding sports star, compression hosiery has many advantages to help you along your way. Just remember to have a word with your doctor before opting to use them, as they will be able to let you know if a compression product is really for you.
Louisa Jenkins is a keen health and fitness blogger. She blogs on everything from the health benefits of compression hosiery, sold by the likes of Daylong, to the importance of a good diet.