Cold Muscles? Use Compression to help with Winter Endurance!

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Unfortunately that time of year, where the days get shorter and colder, is upon us once again. We all need a little extra motivation to go out each day and remain active when the weather is encouraging us to stay indoors. Our muscles also find it tougher during the colder months, making us more prone to injury. Our bodies have a range within which they are very comfortable and aim to maintain. In science we call this homeostasis (same state). Too warm and the body will do everything it can to cool you down, whilst if you are too cold…

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Preventing In-Flight Puffy Legs

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Do you suffer from puffy swollen feet or ankles? You’re not alone; this becomes a common problem during the summer months. The medical name for this condition is oedema, which occurs when fluid is retained outside of the cells of the body. More often than not, reasons for feet and ankle swelling include high blood pressure, being overweight or pregnant (as in Kim Kardashian’s case) or because of excessive salt in our diet – plus of course fractures or sprains. However, many people often find themselves with swollen feet and ankles during the summer months, particularly in-flight en route to…

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Varicose Veins Explained (Part 1)

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What are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins that are usually blue or dark purple. They may also be lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance. Varicose veins develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly. In a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart. The blood is prevented from flowing backwards by a series of tiny valves that open and close to let blood through. If the valves weaken or are damaged, the blood can flow backwards and can collect in the vein, eventually causing it to be varicose (swollen and enlarged). How…

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England Squad prepare for first World Cup match against Italy

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The England Squad have arrived safely in Rio de Janeiro. Check out Adam Lallana and team mates getting off the plane in their St George’s cross edition of the Original Super Fit. The team are preparing for their first match against Italy on Saturday at the Manaus Amaziona Arena. The support staff have done everything in their power to ensure the players have an active recovery from the journey and to help them acclimatise to the heat and humidity. Upon arrival, players were put on static bikes before being sent for a swim in the pool. If you’re lucky enough…

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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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