Compression Therapy 101

Compression Therapy 101

A medical grade compression stocking is far different from a tight stocking. Medical compression is what is called GRADUATED COMPRESSION. That is - most of the squeeze is at the foot level and the squeeze is gradually diminished towards the top of the sock. The band at the top provides the least amount of compression. This creates a “gradient” to facilitate the movement of blood and fluids out of the leg. In fact, a tight stocking or one that is improperly fitted can result in an improper gradient. You should also avoid any stocking that has an elastic band which creates a tourniquet – worse than not wearing a stocking at all.