The first known compression gear was a pair of specially designed socks, which were the handiwork of German engineer Conrad Jobst. He made the socks for himself, as an antidote to his varicose veins. The socks, when worn, created pressure on the legs' muscles and connective tissues, thereby preventing the effects of oedema and deep vein thrombosis. Jobst's socks proved useful for people who either stand or sit for long periods of time, as well as for those with circulation problems.
By the 1980s, runners started wearing compression gear, too. The Very Well Fit article ''Compression Socks for Sports Recovery'' details how ''a small handful of runners were wearing the tight stockings after workouts,'' ostensibly to replicate the effect of enhanced circulation, which is crucial for faster recovery. The practice proved helpful, as anecdotal evidence of ''faster recoveries, improved running performance, and decreased soreness'' began surfacing.
Before long, science confirmed the benefits of wearing compression gear, particularly in enhancing recovery. Heidelberg University researcher Dr. Florian Engel explained how compression works, comparing it to a pump that is “helping to circulate and remove muscle metabolites, enhancing transport and elimination of the water, reducing the space available for swelling, and improving the lymphatic outflow.” Additionally, wearing compression garments, like our everyday wear Graduated Calf Compression Sleeves, has been shown to reduce inflammatory molecules and creatine kinase. These are two substances produced by the body after strenuous exercise, or when it suffers serious skeletal muscle injuries. Consequently, compression mitigates swelling, thus helping accelerate the recovery process.
Compression gear is versatile.
Compression gear isn't just for sports. It is versatile, and can even be utilized for workplace ergonomics. The webpage Pain-Free Working lists some of the fundamental aspects of ergonomics as working in neutral positions, reducing excessive force, minimizing fatigue and static load, decreasing pressure points, stretching and exercising, and maintaining a comfortable environment. Of these aspects, wearing garments, most notably socks, can help in minimizing muscle fatigue, as well as ensuring maximum comfort throughout the workday. That’s because pressure socks, like the Graduated Compression Socks we offer, boost blood circulation in the lower extremities and provide optimal support at the same time.
The Mayo Clinic describes how compression socks “gently squeeze your legs in a way that helps promote blood flow from the legs back toward the heart.” This keeps blood from pooling in your legs, and in doing so, it helps prevent both light-headedness and orthostatic hypotension (falling when you stand up).
All told compression's various proven benefits mean compression gear can be worn in a range of settings and situations. You can, for instance, wear our durable Organic Cotton Compression Socks when travelling long distances (especially on a plane), running errands, doing house chores, or even while sleeping.
For you to maximize the benefits of compression gear, make sure you get the right size — neither too tight nor too loose. That is why each of our product pages has an accompanying measurement chart, so you can order the item that fits you perfectly.
//Written by Chelle Ashalee.
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