What are support stockings?
The terms compression stockings and compression stockings are often used interchangeably. The term compression stockings is also better known in the world than compression stockings. Compression stockings are available in 4 different types of pressure classes. The higher the class, the higher the pressure. With a preventive goal in mind, a class 1 compression stocking is worn. For light complaints a class 2 stocking. When you experience severe symptoms, you are obliged to ask your doctor for advice. This then advises you whether a class 3 or class 4 compression stocking is the right choice. Support stockings have a preventive function, just like our class 1 compression stockings. Since the term support stockings is popularly known as compression stockings, the terms on our shop are used interchangeably.
Why are support stockings important for blood circulation?
You may already know that if we sit or stand for a long time without moving, we deprive our body of a very natural function, namely helping a more efficient blood circulation. This function is the natural flexure of our leg muscles. When we walk, jog or move our feet in a swinging motion, we automatically activate our calf muscles. The alternating flexion and relaxing movement of the calf muscles behave like a built-in pump in the lower legs to help circulate the blood. In addition to the calf muscles, the veins in the legs are equipped with non-return valves that prevent the blood from flowing in the wrong direction. The calf muscle movement squeezes the arteries in the legs in a gentle rhythm. This helps to push the blood in the veins of the leg against gravity back towards the heart, so that the lungs are re-supplied with oxygen. When a person is immobile for a longer period of time, such as with occupations where sitting or standing for a long time is normal or traveling with a plane, train, bus or car, this pumping action of the calf muscles is "switched off". The blood circulation is therefore somewhat delayed or in any case does not work as efficiently as when a person is walking.
You may now think: "Why would this be a problem - many people come across these kinds of situations on a daily basis" and that's right. But the fact is that many people are still not aware that this could become a problem. When a person is motionless or standing for a longer period of time, the blood will stay in the lower legs and feet, which can contribute to swelling. In the worst case, the risk of blood clots is increased. In medical terms this is also known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT. This can be aggravated if an individual has existing disorders of the veins, such as defective valves in the veins or even varicose veins. Blood clots in the veins can be dangerous, because if they break loose they can travel to the heart and end up in the lungs. Such a potentially life-threatening situation is known as a pulmonary embolism, requiring immediate medical attention.
What can support stockings do for blood circulation?
Support stockings with degressive compression are designed to prevent many negative effects resulting from prolonged sitting or standing. Due to the strong downward gravity our bloodstream needs all the help it can get. This is normally done in a natural way by tightening the calf muscles when we are active and moving. If we can not move, the degressive compression of compression stockings can help boost and thus push the blood back upwards. The principle of degressive compression, which is incorporated in the support stockings of Bestelsteunkousen.nl, consists of firmly squeezing the legs, starting with the highest compression at the ankles. From there, the pressure exerted gradually decreases until it eventually performs the least compression on the upper leg. This degressive compression prevents and / or reduces the swelling in the feet and ankles and provides the legs with new energy.
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