Monthly Archives: March 2014

What are your socks made of? Fabrics explained…

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At Compression Advisory, we often get calls from people with cotton allergies or who are concerned about sweaty feet and blisters during training. We have done extensive research on the ideal uses for each fabric and how to incorporate them into compression socks. As your feet support the entire weight of your body and contain a quarter of a million sweat glands, it is important that their temperature is kept regulated and that they are kept dry. When creating socks there are two basic approaches to managing moisture. One is to insulate the feet from temperature extremes and thereby reduce…

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How Graduated Compression Works

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What is venous blood? Oxygenated blood is pumped all around the body by the heart and provides energy to cells within the body. Once this has been delivered, deoxygenated blood, carrying waste products is carried back to the heart and lungs from the extremities. Oxygenated blood is pumped through the arteries at high pressure by the heart and arterial muscle. Deoxygenated blood is transported in the veins at much lower pressure and is pumped by muscle contractions of the calf, balls of your feet etc. As this venous blood travels at a much lower pressure and thus speed, and often…

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Llanelli Scarlets kitted out in Custom VR Compression

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Late last year, Compression Advisory became the proud suppliers of VR Compression to the Llanelli Scarlets. This partnership opportunity came about from our previous work with Andrew Walker, Head of Sports Medicine for the Scarlets, during his time with Saracens. We decided to make a custom product for the players as it showcases our manufacturing capabilities and partnering with such a young and promising Welsh Rugby Team made this a great opportunity. Several prototypes were drawn up with recovery and performance socks but the final custom product which met their match needs was the Performa Lite, a calf sleeve which…

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Top 5 reasons to wear graduated compression during pregnancy

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1. Prevent varicose veins During pregnancy, the weight of the growing uterus puts pressure on the inferior vena cava, the body’s big central abdominal vein which in turn puts pressure on the veins in the legs. Combining this extra pressure with hormonal changes (designed to relax muscles in preparation for delivery) encourages blood pooling and leaves you with dilated, sore, swollen, uncomfortable veins. Graduated compression encourages venous blood to return to the heart, relieving you of these symptoms. If blood pools in your veins, it can cause them to twist and bulge and become unsightly varicose veins. 2. Relieve tired…

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What is DVT?

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Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together. Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. They also can occur in other parts of the body. A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs in approximately 60,000 Britons each year and more than 25,000 of them are fatal. As some DVTs are asymptomatic and reabsorbed, the total number is believed to be much greater. The result of DVT can be serious illness, disability, and in nearly half of reported…

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4 Important Reasons to Wear Graduated Compression During Travel

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1. DVT Risk DVT occurs when blood flows too slowly through the veins. The blood pools and forms a clot that blocks up deep veins, usually in the legs. Studies have concluded that airline passengers who wear compression stockings during flights of four hours or more can significantly reduce their risk of DVT as well as leg swelling. This risk is further reduced by remaining hydrated and getting some gentle exercise during your flight (walking around the aisle, moving your feet and ankles). It’s vital that compression stockings are measured and worn correctly. Ill-fitting stockings could further increase the risk…

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