If you’ve recently been thinking about investing in compression apparel but you’re not sure if it’s right for you, we’re here to help. At The Medical Store, we take pride in educating our customers so they can make the best decision possible for their health. We also carry a wide range of products for you to choose from. Keep reading to learn more, then visit us to start browsing our compression apparel for sale. We’re located in South Burlington and Berlin, VT.
The two main types of compression used in apparel are compartmental and graduated compression. Compartmental compression is tighter in specific areas. It’s often designed for use during certain sports or activities. Graduated compression is tighter around the extremities and it’s designed for increasing blood flow back toward the core during exercise. Anyone can benefit from graduated compression, especially those who spend extended periods of time sitting or standing.
Next, it’s important to understand the different levels of compression, which are measured by millimeters of mercury used for each. The four levels include mild, moderate, firm, and extra firm. Healthy athletes tend to benefit from mild compression apparel in the 8 to 15 mm range. Moderate compression falls in the 15 to 20 mm range and it should only be worn during exercise. As for firm (20 to 30 mm) and extra firm (30 to 40 mm), these garments should only be worn under the direction of a doctor.
We hope this information has been useful. If you’d like to check out some compression apparel, like arm sleeves, socks, undergarments, and more, visit one of our locations. You’ll find us in South Burlington and Berlin, VT.