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It’s Not Just for Arthritis—Four Ways You Can Use Compression Therapy

It’s Not Just for Arthritis—Four Ways You Can Use Compression Therapy

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There are certain medical conditions that make the use of compression garments essential, if not necessary. Among them, chronic pain from arthritis is at the top of the list.

The compression that these garments provide works to relieve symptoms like pain and discomfort, as well as aiding in mobility. And the higher the compression, the tighter the garment will feel.

The science behind it is this—applying balanced surface pressure on specific body parts that need support will help trigger blood flow, thus increasing oxygen delivery to various muscle groups. As a result, it has been known to apparently improve athletic performance, lower build-up of lactic acid, and draw moisture away from the body.

Quite simply, compression garments may be used even if you don’t suffer from common ailments that prompt its application. Here are other ways you can leverage on the benefits of compression therapy—

1. Improve blood circulation

Compression garments, specifically knee, calf, ankle or feet sleeves, are used for travel. There are some instances where people who travel, especially during long-haul flights raise the risk of circulatory problems because of the extended periods sent sat down in cramped spaces.

When used for this purpose, compression garments help improve and support the body’s natural ability to circulate blood, despite the unnatural circumstances.

2. Increase athletic performance

Anecdotal evidence suggests that compression therapy could have benefits for athletes.

“Some studies [do] suggest that compression garments may help with muscle fatigue, but not enough scientifically-valid studies are available to fully define benefits of wearing these garments while exercising. During competition, sports-specific regulations will likely dictate what can and can’t be worn,” said Dr. Laurel Rudolph M.D., a Sports Medicine Physician.

3. Helps manage the weather condition

Because of its implied benefits during workouts, especially running, compression garments have been commonly included as part of even the most casual athlete’s workout gear.

Ankle, foot, and calf sleeves are usual go-tos for runners willing to train in colder weather. Not only does it help provide support, it also helps keep them warm.

4. Beneficial to recovery process

Whether you’re recovering from an intense workout, or are trying to recuperate from an injury, compression garments may help revive tired muscles and joints, and speed up the healing process.

Dr. Arthritis, offers a line of compression sleeves anchored on quality and medical insight.

The brand’s collection are made using a high quality blend of 88 percent copper nylon with 12 percent spandex—making it one of the products with the highest copper content available, and ensuring all-day comfort.

The brand’s main mission is to improve the lives of people who suffer from joint and muscle pain—regardless if it’s because they suffer from conditions like arthritis or are recovering from an injury. The line was founded by two practicing medical doctors from Imperial College London, whose on-ground experience and medical expertise contributed to the development of the product.

Visit to check out the entire line and enjoying the benefits of compression therapy today.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below.



Medically reviewed by Dr Adam Gunasekara. He is the Co-Founder of Doctor Arthritis. He graduated from The Imperial College London with an MBBS (MD) - The article was written by the Dr. Arthritis Editorial Team.

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