Ugh it happened again.
Another fortnight or month has gone and you’ve made zero progress on your sciatica. You’re dizzy on painkillers and your focus at work and home is dwindling.
You’ve heard about compression wraps but not sure how they work or about their effectiveness. In the meantime a family member told you that compression wraps are for old people.
So, what’s happening here?
The truth is, many of us do not know much about compression therapy and hence hesitant to venture uncharted territory. We’d rather stay hooked to OTC pain relievers even though research shows many negative side effects including possible emotional disturbances.
Ready to switch to a healthier plan? Let’s find out what compression therapy truly is and why they’re so popular among athletes and celebs.
Things you ought to know about compression therapy
What is compression therapy and how does it work?
Compression therapy is a simple yet effective means of increasing local blood flow and strengthening vein support. Specially designed stockings, wraps and bandages apply pressure to the pain areas to stretch out vein walls and improve overall circulation. This results in eliminating swelling.
For those suffering from chronic pain like sciatica, these compression wraps and stockings are recommended to be worn first in the morning after waking up and removed at night just before retiring to bed. This helps to stop blood from pooling in the veins by moving excess fluid that builds up during the day.
The pressure applied by compression wraps and bandages also help blood to flow evenly, stopping it from flowing backward and causing a bottleneck. As result, it doesn’t allow blood to clot.
Against popular belief, compression wraps are for everyone.
Compression wraps improve overall circulation while you’re desk-bound for long hours
Compression wraps and bandages have become an everyday item now. It’s no longer exclusive for athletes or people with sciatica, aches and wounds.
Many fitness experts, orthopedics and chiropractors are now freely advocating the use of compression bands for all with an inactive lifestyle. Recent research on sedentary lifestyle shows that a staggering 83 million in the U.S including kids and adults lead an alarming stationary life.
Athletes use compression wraps and stockings to train even when they’re fit. Anyone with lower body or leg ache, pain, tingling or numbness can benefit from wearing compression bandages.
As a therapy, they are recommended to people with:
- Chronic back or hip pain
- Leg injury or surgery
- Excessive weight gain or obesity
- Prolonged periods without movement (office workers)
- Blood clots in the veins
Benefits of compression therapy
In our modern world, compression wraps are becoming increasingly popular for several reasons. They provide a myriad of benefits but we’ll focus on the main ones here.
- Brings back mobility to those suffering from chronic pain
- Helps blood circulation
- Minimizes swelling
- Relief from sciatica and chronic pain
- Speeds up recovery
- Post-surgery healing
- Increases mobility
- Allows daily activity without interruption
- Helps patients sleep better
- Alleviates pain
- Normal activity lowers depression
- Improves overall quality of life
Compression therapy is a time-tested method of treating venous leg ulcers and chronic pains. It’s an effective way to reduce pain, swelling and improve recovery time. However, the biggest benefit lies underneath all this. By helping patients to carry on with their daily activities as normal, it enhances their quality of life.