What is Compression Therapy?

Compression Therapy

DEFINITION – What does Compression Therapy mean?

Compression therapy refers to the external application of sustained and controlled pressure to a body part or extremity (often the legs). This increases blood flow, helping with venous function and healthy circulation. 

BREAKING DOWN – Compression Therapy

Compression therapy is seen in the first aid community, as well as through massage therapy. After all, R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate. Compression helps to increase vein function; thus, drawing out fluid causing swelling.  

 In massage, compression therapy is used for the treatment of lymphatic issues and venous issues. For instance, it can help individuals with thrombosis, phlebitis, varicose veins, edema, leg ulcers, and more. Further, it can help improve performance and accelerate recovery by increasing blood flow, thwarting blood pooling, and draining toxins. However, it’s important to talk to you doctor before undergoing any compression therapy treatment. For some individuals, it may not be an appropriate treatment method.  

 Typically, compression therapy involves the use and wearing of stockings or socks. These stockings or socks gently squeeze the vein walls. In turn, this stimulates the venous valves to close. This then restores blood flow by increasing overall circulation. It also increases venous return. 

 Most individuals wear these stockings or socks at the start of their day. They then remove them at the end of their day before bed. It’s further critical to elicit the help of a professional to find the right socks or stockings for you and your condition. Improper fits can have negative or adverse effects, such as pressure ulcers. There are further a variety of sizes, colors, fits, and materials that should be considered when choosing the appropriate stockings or socks.  

 At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our massage therapists can provide you with education regarding compression therapy. Book your next appointment for your next massage today. Get your massage treatment and inquire about compression therapy options. Click BOOK NOW below.  

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