Like most people, my initial impression of leg compression socks was that it was cool to see football and basketball players wear on their feet on the field. Later, some fans began to follow idols and put it on. But now, I often see fitness people wearing compression socks on the street and in the gym. Compression socks have become a fitness fashion. But I still doubt it, "Does leg compression socks really work?" Or "Can it benefit my legs?"
People most want to know how compression socks work and how they benefit me, and how I choose them.
To really understand the working principle of compression socks, you must first understand the blood circulation of the body. The human body's blood circulation refers to the continuous circulation of blood through the heart to the branches of the body, reaching the capillaries in various parts of the body, and finally returning from the veins to the heart. And when blood flows through various blood vessels of the human body, it will provide the oxygen and nutrients needed by the human body to maintain human activities and life, so the circulation between blood and muscles rich in oxygen and nutrients is very important.
This shows that the higher the oxygen content in the blood, the more muscles can function. The lactic acid produced by the human body during exercise, if not eliminated in time, will cause muscle fatigue and reduce muscle performance and even pain.
Compression socks will progressively compress the leg muscles during exercise, and the bottom of the socks will compress more tightly, and gradually decrease the tightness as it rises to ensure that blood circulation in the legs is improved, helping blood to return faster to the heart, and when the blood returns through the vein, it will take away some of the lactic acid and waste generated by the human body and bring blood rich in oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, which can effectively help muscles relieve fatigue.
During muscle recovery after exercise, leg compression socks can also provide muscles with more nutrients and oxygen through blood circulation, help muscles recover, shorten the recovery cycle, and reduce delayed muscle pain caused by exercise.
For people with more intense leg movements such as running, basketball, and football, frequent leg muscle vibrations can easily lead to more severe fatigue. When running, the weight of the body hits the ground through the legs with 3-5 times the force, and the ground bounces back to the legs with the same force. When running, the weight of the body hits the ground through the legs with 3-5 times the force, and the ground bounces back to the legs with the same force.
This will cause the legs to bear double impact forces and muscle vibrations, causing fatigue or pain in the legs. Therefore, for this group of people, leg compression socks can compress the leg muscles and reduce the secondary vibration of the muscles, helping the muscles reduce and disperse the impact and muscle vibration of the legs, thereby alleviating leg muscle fatigue.
During conversations with fitness enthusiasts, they said that they also wear compression socks while sleeping to assist muscle recovery during sleep. Studies have shown that delayed pain occurs within 1-3 days after exercise and that pain gradually increases until it peaks and then gradually decreases. This delayed pain recovery process is very long for them, and compression sleeves can help muscle recovery and shorten the pain time.
For people who need to stand or sit for a long time, this standing and sitting state can slow down or hinder blood circulation in the legs. And you will find that their legs are more swollen or uncomfortable because the legs are blocked in the process of blood circulation, and the blocked hypoxic blood will stay in the venous blood vessels, which will compress the venous blood vessels and damage the venous valves. And the fluid volume gathering causes leg swelling and discomfort, and even form venous diseases such as varicose veins.
The leg compression sleeve can provide compression to the legs, force the blood to return to the heart, and prevent fluid from accumulating in the leg veins. It can effectively relieve leg swelling and discomfort. It is suitable for service personnel, teachers and office workers, and is not limited to sportspeople.
Leg compression sleeves can also be used during the flight. When flying, you need to stay seated in the air, and because of the pressure difference between the air pressure in the cabin and the atmospheric pressure, it is easy to cause ankle swelling or "potato feet". When walking, the constricted leg muscles can help squeeze the venous blood to flow upwards and help the blood circulation in the legs.
However, sitting in position during flight can easily lead to insufficient leg muscle contraction strength, which is not conducive to Venous blood flows upwards, eventually causing blood to accumulate in the leg veins, causing tension in the foot muscles or feeling heavy and tired in the legs. Therefore, you can wear leg compression sleeves during flight to force blood flow in the veins of the legs and expel waste materials. You can also increase leg muscle contraction during the flight to relieve leg muscle tension and fatigue.
Leg compression sleeves are not just fitness fashion, but also highly practical. This compression sleeve can be used by people who stand or sit for a long time, people who fly often, and people with vein disease. However, when choosing a compression sleeve, you should choose to measure the size of the leg. It is best to wear loose shorts to ensure that the leg muscles are not compressed.
When measuring, first measure the calf circumference with a tape measure, starting from any point on the tibia to the thickest part of the calf, and finally returning to the same point on the tibia and recording the size. Then measure the ankle circumference. The size from one joint of the ankle to the other joint is the ankle circumference.
Finally, choose the right leg compression sleeve according to the size chart provided by the store. If the value is between two sizes, it is recommended to choose the smaller size. Need to pay attention to patients with the venous disease is best to choose based on the doctor's advice.