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Benefits of Medical Grade Graduated Compression

By now, most athletes are familiar with compression wear; you probably even have your own favorite compression sleeve or brand that you wear while running, biking, or working out.  You might even know the importance and benefits to your health and performance that compression wear can provide, but are you fully reaping the benefits of compression wear?

OrthoSleeve compression socks and performance sleeves provide medical-grade graduated compression in every product to help keep you moving pain-free. 

What does that mean?

OrthoSleeve® products are designed to provide the right amount of compression at specifically targeted areas to increase circulation and blood flow while also providing the much-needed relief your body craves. We call this Compression Zone Technology® (CZT®).  CZT® helps fight the effects of gravity and increases the amount of deoxygenated blood flowing back up to the heart.  CZT® also helps stabilize the muscle and joints thereby decreasing the amount of muscular vibration, resulting in decreased fatigue and better overall stamina and performance.

Do the benefits of compression wear stop there? 

Not even close! What about recovery from your workout, or what if you can’t work out because of an injury? We’ve established that increasing blood flow will improve your performance and reduce muscle fatigue, but CZT® will also help your body recover faster after an intense training session or workout.   Faster recovery means more time to train.

What if I’m not an athlete?

Compression gear isn’t just for the athlete. Do you travel? Do you work a sedentary job?  Sitting at your desk, in a plane or car for an extended period of time can wreak havoc on the blood flow in your legs. You need compression wear to assist your veins in getting that blood out of your legs and back to your heart thereby preventing blood clots and other dangerous ailments. Not every compression product is made the same. Choosing the right compression garment is most important. You don’t want to have swollen feet and ankles because the blood couldn’t flow past the tightness of the lowest part of a compression sleeve. It’s important to look for products that provide non-binding openings to allow the blood to flow easily.  A great example is the OrthoSleeve® FS4+ Over the Calf Compression Bracing Socks. 

The FS4+ is an all-in-one compression sock that relieves common ailments such as Shin Splints, Achilles Tendonitis, Ankle Swelling, Varicose Veins, Plantar Fasciitis, and more while also providing the health benefits your feet and legs desperately need. Like the compression wear, you are already using for your workouts? Try using an over-the-calf compression bracing sock after your workout for better recovery time; slip them on before leaving for work or that road trip so you’re not left with swollen and achy joints when you arrive, or just enjoy the health benefits while resting at home in a pair of comfortable high-quality socks. So, has your compression ware been doing all it can for you?  You decide.