Compression therapy is a simple and effective means of increasing blood flow activity in the lower limbs through strengthening vein support. It can be used as a treatment prescribed by a physician to treat phlebitis (inflammation of the walls of a vein) or thrombosis (coagulation or clotting of the blood in a part of the circulatory system).
Periodically, compression therapy is used as an aftercare following surgery (acting as a form of wound care), sclerotherapy (the treatment of varicose blood vessels by the injection of an irritant that causes inflammation, coagulation of blood, and narrowing of the blood vessel wall), any other forms of varicose vein treatment. It is also used to relieve all conditions of chronic venous disease such as, heavy legs, varicose veins, oedemas, and leg ulcers.
In addition to surgical treatment, compression therapy can also be prescribed to prevent venous troubles during pregnancy and in long distance travel. Medical compression therapy can be applied in different forms such as socks, stockings, or sleeves. These garments work by gradually compressing the limb. They help venous return (the flow of blood back to the heart), decrease venous pressure (average blood pressure within the venous compartment), prevent venous stasis (a risk factor for forming blood clots in veins), and deterioration of the walls of your veins.