HOW IT WORKS
How compression therapy works
The concept of compression therapy for the treatment of vein disease is easy to understand! Compression garments are specially designed to support your veins and increase circulation in your legs. They apply graduated pressure to the leg, which means that the pressure is greatest at the ankle and decreases up the leg. This provides support to your legs and veins, assists with circulation, and minimizes swelling. The graduated compression also works in conjunction with the natural pumping action of the calf muscles that occurs when moving to further assist with circulation.
The veins in the legs ensure the return flow of blood back to the heart. The venous valves in the veins function like non-return valves, which only allow the blood to flow in one direction, namely in the direction of the heart, and thus prevent blood pooling in the legs. A lack of exercise and too much standing or sitting places considerable pressure on the venous system for many hours of the day.
If the calf's muscle pump no longer adequately supports the return transport of the blood, the veins widen and the venous valves no longer close properly, the legs grow tired and heavy. Swelling and socks or shoes cutting into the skin are a sign of this. Spider veins, varicose veins or leg ulcers may develop later.
Only the medically correct pressure gradient guarantees medical efficacy.
The pressure exerted by compression stockings decreases continually in a distal (ankle/foot) to proximal (thigh) direction, because this degressive pressure gradient complies with the medical requirements on compression therapy.
Because humans stand, the venous pressure is highest in the ankle/foot region (distally). The lower third of the lower leg is therefore particularly at risk of pathological disorders. Thus, the pressure exerted by the compression stocking must be particularly high there. By contrast, the pressure gradient must be relieved in the pit of the knee to prevent constriction of the superficial vein. The pressure gradient decreases steadily from 100% at the ankle to 40% at the thigh.
The pressure exerted at the ankle defines the classification of medical compression garments in the four available compression classes.
The pressure exerted at the ankle defines the classification of medical compression garments in four available compression classes. The duomed product line comes in the three most commonly prescribed compression levels here in the USA.
- 15-20 mmHg
- 20-30 mmHg
- 30-40 mmHg
Who should use compression therapy?
Graduated medical compression is one of the easiest and most effective ways to manage the symptoms of vein disease. duomed compression garments can help reduce swelling in the legs, relieve pain, and prevent the progression of vein disease. Even if you do not have visible signs of vein disease, you can benefit from wearing a compression garment: it can help improve your blood flow, keep your legs feeling fresh and energized, and prevent the development of complicated vein problems.
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