When it comes to easy health solutions that don’t require a prescription, there are many options out there that may or may not be truly beneficial. Among those health solutions are compression stockings, but the benefits to your health may depend on whether you actually need them. Here’s how to decide if compression stockings are right for you.
- How much time do you spend in one position throughout the day? If you spend a lot of time throughout the day just sitting at a desk without much opportunity to get up and move around periodically, you have chances of blood pooling in your lower extremities from sitting for too long. The same goes for spending much of your day standing for a cashier position or otherwise. Compression stockings can keep your circulation going strong, especially during long periods of sitting or standing.
- Do you suffer from swollen legs? Swelling in the legs can be uncomfortable and cause your legs to feel constantly tired and achy throughout the day. If you have issues with swollen legs, compression stockings can be helpful because they’ll decrease the pressure in the tissue beneath the skin and redirect excess fluid in the legs back into the capillaries to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Do you have a condition that can restrict your circulation? There are some health conditions that can cause circulatory issues and leave blood pooling in your legs and feet. Some of these conditions might include pregnancy, diabetes, varicose veins, post-thrombotic syndrome, venous insufficiency, or lymphedema. Compression stockings can prevent such pooling, promote healthier circulation, and even alleviate pressure and leg cramps that may also accompany these conditions.
These are just a few things to help you decide if compression stockings are right for you, but there are also many other reasons out there for why or why not to wear them. If you’d like to learn more, just give us a call at Innisfil Wellness Centre.