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1. What is medical compression?
Medical compression is the basic treatment for venous and lymphatic diseases, recommended by the health authorities (1).
It is a simple solution, adapted to the morphology and without drug interaction. In the form of socks, stockings or tights, medical compression is an elastic textile, which exerts active pressure along the leg to promote venous circulation and the return of blood to the heart (2).
Medical compression reduces pain and the sensation of heavy legs and also helps to reduce edema while preventing possible complications (1).
Medical compression involves applying an elastic device, primarily to the legs, to exert active, controlled pressure. By applying pressure to the legs or other parts of the body, medical compression solutions compress the venous walls, improving overall circulation and promoting the return of blood to the heart.
In addition, it helps to reduce swelling and edema in edematous tissue by reducing capillary leakage into the tissue and promotes lymphatic drainage of interstitial fluid.
Medical compression provides immediate relief from pain, swelling and heaviness in the legs, as well as other venous and lymphatic symptoms.
Depending on the pathology and needs of each individual, medical compression is available in different compression grades, in several models and with a wide choice of textures and colors.
Compression garments with flat and circular knitting (socks, stockings, tights, thigh-highs, compression sleeves, gloves) but also bands and bandages.
1. The effects of medical compression
Effect on blood circulation
The controlled pressure exerted by medical compression stockings prevents the vein from dilating and facilitates venous return. As a result, medical compression improves the movement of blood from the extremities to the heart, reduces backflow and stagnation of blood, and ensures better drainage of the deep venous system, which helps increase and therefore improve blood circulation.
Effect on edematous tissue
Medical compression also restores the balance of blood exchange by reducing capillary leakage into the interstitial tissues and thus rapidly decreases the edema formed. A beneficial massage effect of some medical compression textiles has been reported, resulting in softening of hardened or fibrous tissue.
In addition, medical compression recreates beneficial conditions for the healing of chronic inflammatory disorders (cellulitis, erysipelas, venous leg ulcers, etc.), by reducing the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and increasing those of anti-inflammatory cytokines. In addition, an improvement in skin microcirculation has been observed.
2. Misconceptions about medical compression
"Compression stockings are for grandmas!"
Thanks to technological and aesthetic evolutions, medical compression meets all desires to be worn on a daily basis. We have designed products in resolutely modern colors, not forgetting beiges that blend in perfectly with your skin thanks to in-depth work on skin tones. There is even medical compression with marinière patterns, of fancy designs or with of lace!
"Compression stockings are too hot!"
Venous disorders are aggravated by hot weather. Medical compression improves blood circulation, which limits the feeling of heat, even during the summer, when you need to activate your venous return. By improving circulation, medical compression provides great relief and an immediate feeling of lightness.
"Compression stockings are hard to put on!"
With their latest generation elastic fibers and anatomical shape (especially in the foot), compression products are easy to put on.
" Compression stockings are too tight ! "
To be effective, medical compression must be adapted to your morphology and your needs.
This is why it is essential to have your measurements taken by a health professional to guarantee the right level of compression, optimal efficiency and also to avoid feeling sore!
How to put on and take off your support stockings
Discover our technique for putting on your socks and support stockings. You will also find tips and tricks for putting on and taking off your products.
How to put on support stockings
- Insert your hand inside your product and pinch the heel.
- Turn your product over until it reaches the heel.
- Insert your foot into the product, positioning the heel correctly.
- Unroll the product on your legs.
Tights tip: Slip on one leg after the other up to the knee, then to mid-thigh. Then place the product in the crotch area and finish by pulling the belt up over the stomach.
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