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Compression Wear for the Changing Weather

Compression wear was once used exclusively in medicine to improve blood flow, decrease risks of blood clots, and promote healing. Over the past few years, it has grown increasingly popular with athletes and people who must sit or stand for extended periods. As the summer months wane, compression clothing can be especially important in the cold winter months.


Cold temperatures can increase discomfort and pain for individuals with poor circulation in their feet and lower legs. Those with sedentary jobs, or ones where you are required to stand all day can be especially aware of how temperature affects circulation. Compression socks and hose can ease swelling, heaviness, burning sensations, and leg cramps by counteracting gravity and improving blood flow from the feet to the heart. Gradient compression socks offer a controlled amount of pressure that gradually decreases from bottom to top. By promoting better circulation, cold temperatures can be kept at bay by ensuring that blood flow is circulating where it is needed most.


Choosing compression wear for added warmth can provide support to muscles during the winter months. Before compression materials were available, leg warmers were used to keep muscles limber. Bulky leg warmers can be replaced with sleek compression hose and footless tights to supply warmth and provide consistent surface pressure to accelerate blood flow and reduce the buildup of lactic acid. Additionally, the garments wick moisture away to maintain warmth during the cold months. Modern compression wear is not only functional, but fashionable. There are a variety of styles available that do not sacrifice style for utility. Seasonal colors and sheer options can make compression socks and hose a fashionable addition to any wardrobe.


Cold temperatures can be difficult for a body. Winter's cold, dry air also dries skin. Dramatic temperature changes make muscles contract quickly, which can increase the risk of injury. Some of the warmest winter materials, like wool, can irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions. Compression garments act like a second skin that can help eliminate friction and chafing while working out or sitting at a desk. They can be worn alone or as an additional layer beneath skirts and pants. The smooth texture soothes skin and the compression material supplies support to muscles all day.


As the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, compression garments are an important addition to the wardrobes of expectant mothers as well as those suffering from fatigued legs, and swollen feet due to sitting or standing for long periods of time. Compression socks, footless tights, and hose are versatile clothing elements that provide muscle support and warmth while promoting increased blood flow in order to make the winter months more bearable. 


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