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If your profession requires you to sit or stand all day, your legs deserve special attention. Compression wear is a very good way of supporting your legs while working as well as improving the overall quality of your life.
Does your profession require you to sit or stand for most of the day? Whether you are a teacher, construction worker, bus driver, nurse, or hair stylist, whether your workplace is outdoors, in a car, or in a retail shop, your feet and legs do a great job in supporting you through your entire working day.
However, the venous system in the legs is under quite some strain. You may experience heavy legs after a long work day. Read here how we help you to protect and boost your leg health and how we support your lifestyle.
I drive between six and eight hours a day. I often feel tingling during the day. I need an effective solution to keep my legs in shape.
Compression wear helps boost work performance
Medical compression stockings are usually prescribed by a doctor, and can befitted professionally by selected retailers with certified fitters on staff. There are also prescription-free products available.
Graduated compression wear supports the proper function of your venous valves to ensure that the blood is pumped back to the heart more efficiently. As a result, your legs feel healthy and relaxed all day long, and your work performance in standing and sitting position increases.
Compression stockings can increase quality of life
Sigvaris compression wear is produced in a way to exert controlled, active graduated pressure along the leg, promoting venous circulation and the return of blood to the heart. And our solutions don't look like medical aids. We design fashionable garments using a large selection of materials in basic and fashion-forward colors for every season and occasion.
From the very first use of your compression wear, you should feel an immediate beneficial effect – pain, swelling, heavy-leg sensations, and muscle stiffness are reduced. Also, wearing compression stockings regularly improves your venous hemodynamics, thereby increasing your cardiovascular fitness.
Last, but not least, compression also aims to prevent and/or manage complications associated with venous disorders such as varicose veins, phlebitis, and venous thrombosis.
Regular physical activity, such as hiking, yoga, gymnastics, etc., builds muscles that are important for upright posture. It boosts the metabolism, prevents illness, helps you lose weight, and is good for the heart and blood vessels.
If you – as many of us – don't have the time to do sports or rigorous exercise, simply try to modify your everyday behavior in small ways:
- Ride your bike to work or get off the bus earlier and walk the rest of the way.
- Park your car a little way from the office.
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Move. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Physical activity improves blood circulation and encourages return of blood to the heart, so GET UP! Take a short walk, climb stairs, or make an effort to move around the office and at home.
- Cool down. After a long tiring day, especially during the summer, revitalize your legs with a cool shower or bath. Avoid extended exposure to heat from sunbathing, hot baths, or the sauna, as excessive heat will cause your veins to dilate and may induce swelling.
- Elevate your legs. To boost your body’s natural circulation, elevate your legs while you are sitting on the sofa or lying in bed at home. At the office, keep a leg rest under your desk.
- Control your weight. When you manage your weight with healthy diet and regular exercise, you are less likely to have leg symptoms, such as swelling.
- Quit smoking. Smoking harms almost every organ of your body and increases the risk of developing varicose veins and associated complications, such as leg ulcers.
- Wear compression hosiery. Wear compression socks or stockings, especially in risky situations like long lasting travel or immobilization. We offer you a wide range of compression products designed to fit your lifestyle. These products can help improve your blood circulation, increase your energy, and aid in keeping your legs healthy overall. Your health care professional, therapist, or pharmacist can help you determine which product is the best choice for you.
You can benefit your vein health by activating and training the muscle pumps of your lower legs with our 4 quick leg exercises. Contracting your leg muscles helps to enhance the venous return of the blood towards the heart. Even a few minutes of exercise can have a positive impact. It is best to do these barefoot or while wearing thick socks to most effectively activate the foot muscle pump. Repeat each exercise at least 10 times in two or three sets.
- Tiptoe position: Stand upright behind a chair. Hold onto the backrest for safety. Slowly straighten up by standing on your toes. Hold briefly. Slowly lower again.
- Foot flex: Sit on a chair. Stretch your legs and move your feet – 10 circles, 10 stretches.
- Foot rocker: Lie on your back, arms next to your body. Now lift your legs and stretch them towards the ceiling. Your knees can remain slightly bent. First, pull the left and right toe upwards towards the ceiling, then downwards towards the knees.
- Air wheels: Stay on your back, arms stretched out next to your body again. Angle one leg and put it up. The other leg rides a bike in the air. Make sure that the foot moves strongly with you. Switch legs and repeat.