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Travel Risks & Compression

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Long flights or extended periods of sitting during a trip can pose several circulatory and lymph system risks. However, wearing compression garments can alleviate these issues. Here is a list of circulatory and lymphatic risks associated with prolonged sitting, along with how compression garments can help:


1. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Sitting for long periods can increase the risk of blood clot formation, particularly in the legs. DVT can be life-threatening if the clot dislodges and travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Compression socks or stockings can enhance blood flow, preventing the formation of blood clots.

2. Edema: Prolonged sitting leads to fluid accumulation in the legs and ankles due to inadequate circulation. This occurs due to inactivity of our calf muscles which normally assist in venous return during walking. Compression garments exert pressure on the tissues, which improves blood return, prevents fluid buildup and reduces swelling.

3. Varicose Veins: When blood pools in the veins, it can cause them to stretch and become enlarged, resulting in varicose veins. Compression garments support the veins, improving circulation and reducing the occurrence of varicose veins.

4. Lymphedema: Lymphatic fluid may accumulate when the lymphatic system becomes compromised, leading to swelling in the limbs. Compression garments provide gentle compression, helping to move accumulated lymph fluid back into circulation and reducing swelling.

5. Fatigue and Leg Discomfort: Prolonged sitting can cause discomfort, heaviness, and fatigue in the legs. Compression garments help improve blood flow, reducing the strain on leg muscles and minimizing fatigue.

6. Postural Hypotension: When seated for long durations, blood can pool in the lower body, leading to a drop in blood pressure upon standing (postural hypotension). Compression garments facilitate venous return, preventing blood from pooling and reducing the likelihood of postural hypotension.

7. Thrombophlebitis: Inflammation of veins along with blood clot formation is called thrombophlebitis. Compression garments can reduce the risk of this condition by aiding blood flow and preventing clot formation.


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By wearing compression garments, such as compression socks, stockings, or sleeves, individuals can improve blood flow, reduce swelling, and alleviate discomfort associated with prolonged sitting. However, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional before using compression garments, especially if you have pre-existing circulatory or lymphatic conditions.

The Compression Care team can help you find the best compression garment for your next trip. 
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