Did you know that compression garments are designed to help encourage blood flow throughout your circulatory system and fluid flow in the lymphatic system by supporting veins in specific limbs? Compression garments have been noted to improve performance of an individual, like an athlete, and shorten the recovery time of an injury or post workout. Just imagine never being held back by 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 your arms or legs where the apparel is worn. Here are some tips for getting accustomed to the squeezing sensation brought by the compression apparel. Wear your compression apparel daily to lessen the discomfort and to achieve the maximum benefits of your compression wear. If the squeezing sensation becomes intolerable, it would be best to start wearing the apparel for just a few hours each day until you're comfortable wearing it for longer periods of time. Regularly check to make sure that your apparel is on properly - look out for bunching, crumpling, and slipping of your garments. Compression garments should be put on in the morning before the swelling begins. When wearing and removing the compression garment, it is recommended to remove any rings or jewelry that could possibly damage the garment. Before putting on your compression apparel, 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.
Although compression garments can really boost physical health, maintenance can be a little tricky when it comes to handling the delicate and intricate fabric. The 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 bacteria and unpleasant odors from forming because of the long hours of use. If used heavily or regularly, you should replace them every four (4) to six (6) months in order to maintain optimal compression because the garments elasticity will gradually depreciate after numerous uses.
Here are some key things to remember when washing your compression garment. We recommend hand washing your compression garments with a mild soap detergent. Do NOT use any fabric softener, bleach or chlorine solution for compression garments as it can negatively affect the elasticity of the fabric. Machine washing your compression garments is also acceptable as long as you make sure to take extra precautions from the machine cycle, like putting them in a mesh washing bag for extra protection. Use cold or warm water to preserve the elasticity. The compression garment should, preferably, be air dried. Machine drying is acceptable under 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.