Did you know the purpose of compression garments is to help encourage the flow of blood throughout your entire circulatory system and fluid flow in the lymphatic system by increasing the flow through specific limbs? Compression garments are said to improve the performance of an individual like an athlete and can shorten the recovery time of an injured person and workout warriors during post exercise. Just imagine never being held back by post workout aches and sores or being decommissioned for 2 weeks to recover from a leg injury.
We’ve all been there and as a first-time user of compression apparel, you may notice the squeezing sensation on arms or legs where the apparel is being worn. Here are some tips for getting accustomed to the squeezing sensation brought by the compression apparel. It is suggested to wear your compression apparel daily to lessen the discomfort and to achieve the maximum benefit of the apparel. If the squeezing sensation becomes intolerable, it would be best to start wearing the apparel for just a few hours each day until it is comfortable and can be worn for longer periods of time. Regularly check the apparel to avoid crumples. Compression garments can be easily put on in the morning before any swelling starts to appear on the affected area. When putting on and removing the garment, it is recommended to remove any rings or jewelry that could possibly damage the garment. Also before putting on the garment, make sure that your skin is dry; you can apply a thin layer of cornstarch or talc powder to help slide the garment on the skin. You can also use rubber or vinyl gloves to help position the garment on the skin. To keep your skin moist, it is best to use moisturizer during the night when you’re not wearing your compression apparel; it is not advisable to apply it right before using the garment. Compression garments should be removed before going to bed each night. To avoid creating too much pressure in a specific area, it is not suitable to roll or bunch the fabric of the garment.
Although compression garments can really boost physical health, maintenance can be a little tricky when it comes to handling the delicate and intricate fabric. Good news is we have some tips for you to keep your compression apparel looking and feeling fresh. Regular washing is a must for all types of fabrics to prevent the build-up of bacteria in the garment and to reduce unpleasant odors. It is also advisable to change compression garments daily to avoid skin infections to develop. If used heavily or regularly, the garments should be replaced every 4 months in order to maintain optimal compression of the garments because the material’s elasticity will gradually depreciate after numerous uses.
There are some key things to remember when washing your compression garment. It is recommended to hand wash your compression garments with a mild soap detergent. Do NOT use any fabric softener, bleach or chlorine solution on the garment as it can affect the elasticity negatively. Machine washing your compression garments is acceptable as well, but make sure to take extra precautions like putting the garment in a mesh washing bag before running the wash cycle for extra protection. Use warm water to preserve the garments' elasticity. The compression garment can be air- or machine-dried, under the low heat or delicate setting.
Disclaimer: This article should not be construed as medical advice. Please contact a licensed physician for a proper diagnosis of your specific case.