Compression therapy is a very effective way of enhancing blood flow in the lower limbs by offering vein support. It is a type of wound care with the goal of applying gentle pressure to the legs and ankles by wearing special types of stockings. These special dressings help to gradually stretch vein walls and enhance general circulation to alleviate swelling.
Compression therapy is often used in cases of varicose veins. Veins are blood vessels that transport blood back to your heart. Certain dysfunctional veins cannot keep blood flowing in one direction. Instead, they are unable to prevent blood from pooling into them and causing them to develop into varicose veins. Fortunately, a treatment is available for this common condition.
How Compression Therapy Works
Compression stockings are normally created from elastic garment apparel. After they are worn, they gradually constrict, beginning at the ankle and moving up the leg. The stockings are socks that function as replacement muscles, building pressure to contract areas of limited blood flow in the legs, which allows the veins to relax, leading to a reduction of pain in lower limbs.
Patients using compression therapy are mainly sufferers of chronic venous disease, which develops among those with strained leg veins, leading to vein valve dysfunction. This allows blood to backflow into the legs, instead of returning to the heart. Patients undergoing this form of therapy tend to have had a leg injury or surgery, prolonged inactive periods, vein blood clots, obesity, or excessive weight gain.
Compression Therapy Benefits
Sufferers of chronic venous disease can experience complications if they do not undergo effective compression therapy. One of the main adverse events that they can experience is varicose veins or spider veins. These can appear as ropey, distorted blood vessels with a blue or green color. Spider veins are smaller versions that have a branched or spider web appearance and a red or purple color.
Dilated veins are abnormally functioning veins that can cause limb fatigue, leading to bouts of pain. Compression is a basic type of treatment that can assist in alleviating the aching and ease constriction between the walls of your veins.
The best way to determine if you would make a good candidate for compression therapy is by meeting with us at a consultation. Determining what level of compression is necessary depends upon the seriousness of blood flow constriction. Once this is determined, you may wear therapeutic stockings, socks, sleeves, or pantyhose to start your treatment.