Every Day I’m Compression-ing: The Hows and Whys of Compression for Venous Health

Venous disease is not something we think much about until there’s a problem, and by the time there’s a problem, it’s pretty much too late to do any preventative or restorative care. Some conditions can be treated by surgeries, but once a vein succumbs to venous disease, there’s not really another way to “fix” the problem.

That said, there are some easy things you can do to keep your venous disease at bay – and if you’re on top of your health game, you can do these things to keep it from ever acting up to begin with.

The primary way to counteract venous disease is exercise. Nothing supports the cardiovascular system – including the spidery network of veins, arteries, and capillaries – than healthy, rigorous exercise done at least three times a week. Heart health and vein health are closely related, after all, and what’s good for the heart is often good for the rest of the cardiovascular system as a whole. So, the primary task in promoting venous health is exercising.

Another way you can take care of your veins every day is with compression garments. These often take the shape of support socks, support stockings, and support hose. What compression socks, etc., do is provide gentle, consistent compression against the muscles in the legs. This support does two main things – it promotes a muscular response (kind of a slight tightening) that supports and aligns the veins; and it allows the veins to work more effectively by creating an environment conducive to proper valve function. When the valves in the venous system are working as they should, they open wider and shut tightly, making blood and lymphatic flow greater – in other words, more oxygen comes in and more waste goes out.

Make an investment in your long-term vein health today with compression stockings for women and/or compression socks for men. Let us know if you have any questions – we’re ready to help!

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