Compression Therapy

Compression therapy involves wearing specially designed socks, stockings, or bandages that apply gentle pressure to the legs and ankles, promoting blood flow from the legs back toward the heart. This method is commonly used to prevent or treat venous disorders such as varicose veins, thrombosis, and edema. Compression therapy aids in reducing swelling and pain, and it can also decrease the risk of blood clots in the lower extremities.

The underlying mechanism of compression therapy is to improve venous and lymphatic circulation. By applying graded pressure—the strongest at the ankle and gradually decreasing towards the knee or thigh—it encourages the movement of blood and lymphatic fluids. This not only prevents stagnation but also supports the body’s natural circulatory processes, enhancing overall vascular health.

Compression therapy is versatile, catering to individuals with various needs ranging from athletes seeking muscle recovery after intense workouts to individuals with chronic venous insufficiencies. It is a safe and effective method for managing specific conditions, improving mobility, and enhancing quality of life. With different levels of compression available, it’s important for individuals to consult with healthcare professionals to select the most appropriate type and fit.

Also see: Biofeedback Therapy and Infrared Sauna Therapy.