Advantages of Compression Socks
Discover all the advantages of graduated compression stockings here
Compression stockings (also known as containment stockings) have been used for decades in the medical treatment of vascular problems, mainly related to poor blood circulation and venous insufficiency.
The beneficial action of compression stockings results from the application of an elastic fabric to the stocking, with greater pressure in the ankle area and less pressure upwards, helping the muscles to eliminate lactic acid, the venous system to transport blood back to the heart and the lymphatic system to remove excess fluid from body tissues.
In other words, compression stockings help the circulation of blood in the veins, stabilize and oxygenate the muscles and reduce leg volume. Its effectiveness has been scientifically studied and proven, and is internationally recognized by Medicine and Sports professionals.
Due to their effectiveness, healthy people can regularly use compression stockings to prevent or reduce swelling and the feeling of heaviness and pain in the legs, problems that usually arise at the end of a working day, several hours on your feet or after a long travel by plane or car. With compression stockings, everyday discomfort turns into comfort.
Graduated compression technology, applied in stockings, leggings and sports compression legs, offers unique advantages for professional and amateur athletes, during exercise and in the recovery phase, namely:
Muscle and joint support and stability
The controlled pressure of compression stockings reduces vibration and strain on muscles and joints. Through better muscle support, there is a greater balance in action between the ligaments and joints of the knee and ankle. Thus, joint wear is minimized, especially in the Achilles tendon area, and some complaints related to chronic inflammation can also be eliminated.
Decreased fatigue and lactic acid
Compression technology increases blood pressure in the arteries (arterial inflow) as well as microcirculation in the small capillaries of the body. A greater supply of blood to the muscles accelerates the absorption of oxygen, nutrients and minerals which, in turn, improve the performance and endurance of athletes.
More muscle stability means less physical exertion and less likelihood of injury. On the other hand, the greater pressure on the legs makes it possible to efficiently drain the substances metabolized in the muscles, even during physical activity.
Due to the compression effect, muscle activation and the sensation of stability produce an increase in the athlete's body awareness. Proprioception (or kinesthetics) is a person's perception of the spatial location of their body, its position and orientation, the strength exerted by the muscles and the position of each part of the body in relation to the others, without using sight. For athletes, this type of perception allows them to improve postural balance and the feeling of strength during exercise.
Speed in recovery
Less muscle wear and less accumulation of lactic acid (sometimes imperceptible due to generalized body fatigue) is scientifically proven to shorten the post-training or post-injury recovery period.
Compression technology increases blood pressure in arteries, capillaries and veins, which facilitates and accelerates the flow of nutrients that cells need to develop and regenerate.
Thermal protection and regulation
In sports use, compression stockings provide additional protection against small cuts caused by undergrowth or stones, especially in trail, orienteering, OCR and mountain biking events.
On colder days, with wind and rain, socks also help maintain body temperature, thus contributing to thermal comfort for the muscles and reducing the risk of injury.