What to wear during pregnancy…

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Maternity and fashion aren’t mutually exclusive… You just have to remember that during pregnancy, comfort is paramount. So no Kim Kardashian-style stilettos unless you want to deal with cankles bulging over the tops and some very painful feet. We are more than aware of the need for women to think about wearing compression during pregnancy – check out our article on the top 5 reasons women need to wear graduated compression during pregnancy to find out more. We often get calls from women who have bought socks in the pharmacy and are finding them too uncomfortable and sometimes too ugly…

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England Squad optimise travel recovery ahead of the World Cup in Brazil

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The England National Football Team flew out to Brazil this week for the upcoming World Cup, the trip went without incident and the team are recovering well. Compression Advisory supplied the entire team and the staff with medical-grade compression Travel socks after they were carefully sized in preparation for the trip. The medical team of Dr Akbar de Medici and Julie Sims were onsite to answer player and staff concerns ahead of the flight. Medical director, Dr Akbar de Medici outlines the importance of planning forward when there is such a big journey ahead of an important game. “England is…

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You call that a size chart?

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Compression Advisory prides itself on providing a medical standard of fit for all products by taking a series of measurements from customers. Some find this process awkward – they “can’t find a measuring tape”, or are “a Large in everything”. Many other companies content themselves with sizing their products by shoe size or S, M, L etc. When clients ask why we don’t do the same, we talk about the quality of compression that a product provides (we go into detail about this here). A quicker explanation for football fans is the following: Picture Peter Crouch (well known for his…

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Professional Golf: Health & Performance

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By definition, professional golfers spend a lot of time on their feet and travelling, neither of which are great for their lower limb health, yet they are expected to recover quickly after each trip or day on the green and deliver consistent, skilled performances. At Compression Advisory, we look at the professional golf athlete as a whole to identify areas where we can help a golfer to maximize performance as well as preventing the cumulative adverse health effects which typically affects these athletes. We have developed a range of well adapted styles suitable for wearing underneath trousers, complimentary with shorts,…

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Follow-Up from #UKRunChat Hour Q&A

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A couple of weeks ago, Compression Advisory Experts made themselves available for a UK Run Chat hour to answer questions that members had about compression. As 140 characters is a bit limiting, we wanted to follow up with slightly more comprehensive answers to the questions that were put to us by UK Run Chat Members. If you have any questions for us, feel free to leave a comment for us and we’ll answer promptly. The following questions were posed directly to @VR_legwear on Twitter What are calf guards? Calf guards are also known as calf sleeves. They are compression socks,…

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Don’t Just Sit There!

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Whether you sit at a desk, behind the wheel, in front of the TV or commuting for most of the week, the effect on your health is the same. Simply put, our bodies weren’t made to sit all day. Sitting for long periods of time, even with exercise, has a negative effect on our health. What’s worse, many of us sit up to 15 hours a day. That means some of us spend the bulk of our waking moments on the couch, in an office chair, or in a car. Why is sitting bad? Right after you sit down, the…

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Going into Hospital? Ask about Clots…

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We often mention Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) when it comes to flying and other periods of immobility. However, it seems the high risk of developing a DVT while in hospital isn’t something that many people are aware of. When asked about DVT, many people mistakenly responded that you were mainly at risk during flying. The “Ask About Clots” campaign was launched in Wales to raise awareness about the potential danger of developing a thrombosis while staying in hospital. Compression Advisory works closely with healthcare professionals and individuals to advise and provide medically correct products once they are discharged to help…

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Are your legs fit?

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Your legs and calves will only be as fit as your current activity levels. Whether you walk, run, swim or cycle, your legs and calves are an important part of your body which often need special attention to keep in the best possible condition. The more you move your legs, the more they work which is great for blood flow, toxin removal and muscle health. Want to do a little more for your legs? Make sure you stretch them regularly, before and after exercise, especially your calves, which are one of the first places you’ll get tight and sore. Keeping…

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The Importance of Fit in Compression

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Why is fit so important? Fit means providing the correct pressure gradient to improve circulation, while remaining comfortable for the person to wear. In our compression buying guide, we talk about the fact that you should stay away from any compression products, that are sized by shoe size alone, or S, M, L, without taking key leg measurements. In our guide to how compression works, we explain that compression must be firmest/tightest at the ankle and gradually less tight as you move up the leg in order for the product to actually improve blood flow. Logic would follow that you…

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Top tips for reducing injury before and during the London Marathon

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On Monday 31st March 2014, Compression Advisory and Dr. Courtney Kipps of the Institute of Sports Exercise and Health (ISEH) spoke at Runner’s Need on Great Portland Street about reducing injury before and during the upcoming London Marathon. Here are the top tips from the evening: Injury risks before the event 1) Don’t squeeze in missed training now 2) Try out any race day nutrition before race day to ensure your stomach’s ok with it. 3) Strength training will improve your running performance and injury prevention. 4) Don’t make any changes to kit (shoes etc.). “If it ain’t broke, don’t…

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