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Graduated Compression Stockings vs Athletic Compression Gear

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Graduated Compression Stockings vs Athletic Compression Gear.

Not all things are created equal, and while elastic compression gear ranges from stockings to full body garments, it is important to understand the differences in form and function - especially when it comes to varicose veins. The fad for tight fitting - well tights - is becoming increasingly popular for all types of athletes ranging from novice to professional, and is now a standard garment for almost every major sport around the world. In fact, the U.S. Olympic speed skating team just signed an 8 year contract with Under Armour® to supply their full line of compression gear.

Compression garments were first created as an effective way to elevate the pain and symptoms of venous disorders such as varicose veins. The types of compression stockings that were created specifically for that purpose were designed in a manner that aids your overall circulation by applying graduated pressure up your legs to combat the swelling and inflammation that occurs with what is known as venous hypertension. Venous hypertension - creates not only the large bulging veins you see perturbing from your legs (varicose veins), but also causes blood to pool in your legs and ankles.

graduated_illustrationGraduated compression stockings counter this by creating positive pressure in the veins allowing the blood to flow naturally back towards the heart. As a result of the beneficial features provided by vein compression hosiery, athletic compression gear was born. However, unlike graduated compression socks which encourage blood flow, athletic compression garments actually often restrict blood flow and may be preventing proper oxygenated blood from getting to the muscles being used to perform optimally.

Although the more obvious benefits of wearing athletic compression gear often include a reduction in soreness after exercise and reduce the movement of more sensitive body parts - i.e. providing support, these should not be used in the same manner as graduated compression wear for varicose and spider vein disease.

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