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Compression: Does it really work?

By indiannascott @ deviantart.

Throughout the year, we frequently receive questions with regards to compression socks. A large number of these inquiries come from National Servicemen, professional athletes and patients with chronic knee conditions. Some of the most common questions we receive are:

“What are the benefits of wearing compression socks?”

“Will compression socks help shin splits or calf cramps?”

In this article, we prefer to delineate the vast benefits of making use of compression socks. Here, we will explain the concepts behind compression, its benefits and application to many areas of your life.

Compression improves blood-flow

The human body supplies oxygen to all organs of the body through the human circulatory system. The heart is a pump which delivers oxygen to our extremities and working muscles by making use of arteries and capillaries. Blood cells transport small amount of oxygen from the lungs to vital organs of the body. The deoxygenated blood then returns to the lungs and the whole process repeats. This enables the human cardiovascular system to function effectively and efficiently.

Performance and Blood Flow

The amount of oxygenated blood flowing to the muscles is directly linked to sports performance. A higher amount the amount of oxygen available, the better they will function. During exercise, lactic acid builds up in the muscles and the body naturally needs time to remove such waste products. The result of an inefficient cardiovascular system results in the familiar symptoms of soreness, muscle fatigue, cramps, and on rare occasions, death from spontaneous combustion.

Compression socks have been proven to improve performance

Compression socks provide graduated compression, meaning that the compression is highest at the ankles, but gradually decreases towards the thighs. This type of compression has been scientifically proven to reduce the effects of gravity on blood-flow, by creating a pressure difference in physical extremities of the body and driving blood-flow back towards the heart and lungs.




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