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Decoding Graduated Compression
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Confused as to what Graduated Compression levels mean when looking at products? We’ve been there. We’re here to help you understand so you can find the right product! First things first: Graduated compression means that the pressure decreases from the ankle to the thigh. What does this do? It allows for blood to be pushed back up the leg towards the heart. How does it help? It prevents the accumulation of blood resulting in less pain and better circulation.
Now we’ll talk about those confusing metrics you see on the product. Those confusing compression levels, measured in mmHG, or millimetres of mercury, are the amount of pressure applied to your legs. Larger numbers mean higher compression, and smaller numbers mean lower compression. Some products may have been prescribed by your doctor, or you might just need a little help post-workout or with milder pain.
8-15 mmHg (Mild Compression):
This is the lightest form of compression, which is great for energizing your arms or legs. These types of socks or sleeves provide relief from tired and achy arms or legs. They also help control minor swelling by gently enhancing circulation in the arms or legs. Our Products: Skin Protection Sleeve, Sun Protection Sleeve, Kingrip (1 layer).
15-20 mmHg (Medium Compression): The medium compression of 15-20 mmHg socks provides relief from minor to moderate swelling, aching, and varicose veins, especially during pregnancy. They are great for preventing deep vein thrombosis (or economy class syndrome) while traveling, but they’re also good for anyone who stands or sits for long periods of time.
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20-30 mmHg (Firm Compression): The most frequently prescribed level, 20-30 mmHg compression socks offer moderate compression and can be used to treat a variety of mild to moderate conditions. This level can provide relief from varicose veins, edema, deep vein thrombosis, and post-sclerotherapy. This level is also referred to as Class I or firm compression.
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30-40 mmHg (Extra Firm Compression): Sometimes referred to as Class II compression, 30-40 mmHg socks are often recommended to provide relief from severe edema, varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. They’re also prescribed for post- sclerotherapy and to heal active venous stasis ulcers. This level of compression should only be worn under a doctor’s recommendation.
40-50 mmHg (Extra Firm Compression): This is the highest level of compression and should only be worn if recommended by a doctor.This level is typically used to treat chronic venous insufficiency and post-thrombotic syndrome. Your doctor might refer to this level as Class III.