Benefits of Compression Therapy

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Compression therapy uses controlled pressure to gently increase blood flow from the legs back up to the heart.

For decades, doctors have prescribed compression therapy to increase circulation in patients with varicose veins, venous insufficiency, restless leg syndrome, and neuropathy. This treatment is also used to promote wound healing, decrease inflammation, reduce swelling, and prevent blood clots after surgery.

Recently, compression treatment has become popular among athletes who tout the benefits of faster recovery post-workout and improved performance.

Vein health

More than 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from varicose veins, a condition that results in the twisting and enlargement of veins in the legs. Varicose veins usually appear as bulging blue or purple veins in the legs, ankles, and feet.

Compression therapy is a standard treatment to relieve blood pooling, pain, and swelling associated with the condition. This type of therapy helps minimize the risk of other associated conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, especially among travelers and those who spend hours standing.

Athletic recovery and performance

Physical therapists have long encouraged compression therapy to enhance recovery and performance. Post-workout treatment improves your body’s ability to eliminate the metabolic wastes that cause soreness.

It also helps loosen tight muscles and joints for better flexibility and range of motion. The more flexible you are, the better you can perform and protect yourself from injury.

Self-care for a better quality of life

In general, boosting your blood flow may improve your quality of life. You can buy effective compression therapy devices, and compression socks can be over the counter. These devices are considered safe for most but check with your doctor if you aren’t sure.

Try adding compression treatment as part of your daily self-care routine. Soon, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of a more active lifestyle.

Natalie Merrill contributed to this post. 

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By |2022-02-01T23:50:29-06:00January 26th, 2022|Compression, Featured Posts, Health & Wellbeing|Comments Off on Benefits of Compression TherapyBack to Home|

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