Compression Socks

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The Effects of Compression Stockings

The controlled pressure exerted by medical compression stockings reduces the diameter of major veins, thereby increasing the velocity and volume of blood flow. Consequently, medical compression improves blood transport from the extremities towards the heart, reduces blood reflux and stagnation, and provides better drainage of the deep venous system, which all helps to increase and therefore improve the circulatory rate. Effect on edematous tissue Under medical compression, the balance in blood exchange is improved by reducing capillary leakage of fluid in the interstitial tissue. This leads to a better reduction of edema.
A beneficial massaging effect of certain medical compression textiles, leading to a softening of hardened or fibrotic tissue, has been reported. In addition, medical compression recreates conditions beneficial for the healing of chronic inflammatory disorders (e.g. cellulitis, erysipelas, venous leg ulcers, etc.), through reduced pro-inflammatory cytokine levels and higher levels of the anti-inflammatory cytokines. Also, improved skin microcirculation has been reported. Graduated compression stockings Evaluation of therapeutic compression stockings in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency. Inflammatory cytokine levels in chronic venous insufficiency ulcer tissue before and after compression therapy.
Local effect of compression stockings on skin microcirculatory activity through the measurement of skin effective thermal conductivity Effect of compression stockings on cutaneous microcirculation: Evaluation based on measurements of the skin thermal conductivity Alternative treatments for venous disorders In addition to non-invasive compression therapy, there are also invasive methods for treatment of venous disorders.