Doctors have used compression since the 1950’s to treat swelling, edema and promote healing. If you’ve ever been in the hospital and worn those tight white stockings - you’ve worn compression. However, the compression in the products we carry varies significantly from those white stockings. When you’re active there is a significant increase in pressure build up in your legs which can hinder circulation. For this reason you need a higher level of compression than the hospital stockings.If you go to any pharmacy you’ll see they carry different compression products in different compression levels. Most of these are not designed for an athlete but rather an older patient simply needing light support. As an athlete you need targeted graduated compression. CEP provides that.
Is all compression the same?
No, there are some significant differences in the products on the market. We chose to carry CEP because we 100% believe it’s the BEST product on the market. When you buy something that is going to affect circulation it’s very important to buy a product that is backed by medical expertise. CEP is that brand.
CEP Compression, which is made the world leader in medical compression; medi, is the only clinically proven product that we could find. Check out their study by Dr. Kemmler on performance that showed a 5% increase in running times! That's 8-10 minutes in an average marathoners run.
Dr. Kemmler Published Study
Graduated compression is necessary to ensure the blood in the veins is routed towards the heart for re-oxygenation. This means you can help flush out lactic acid and even prevent varicose veins, swelling, blood clots and more.
You have two main components to your circulation that are key.
Your veins bring the de-oxygenated blood back to the heart to recirculated and refresh the blood.
The arteries take oxygen rich blood to your extremities. For performance oxygen is the key to power and hydration. Properly designed compression helps increase oxygen levels in the muscles which in turn increases power and efficiency.
There's nothing better than putting on a pair of CEP compression socks after a long run. We wear them during the run but they're also key for recovery. Because of the medical grade compression in the ankle you will get an increased push in blood flow back to the heart. This is all the lactic acid and waste in the veins. At the same time you're getting targeted compression for your arteries and bringing nutrients to your muscles. This will in turn improve recovery and help you go longer, run faster and train more frequently without fatigue. Simply put you’ll be a rockstar on the road!
We suggest wearing compression for at least 4-6 hours after a hard performance. This is what we found to be the best time to get results. You can however wear them longer and we also have done the same. Some people sleep in the socks and wake up feeling like new! It's all up to each athlete.
How does compression help injury?
Have you ever heard of the term R.I.C.E.? Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. Notice that compression is a key component in injury rehab and prevention. What better way to keep your body in top condition than to always provide compression during and after your sport?
Compression can and will:
- Reduce muscle vibration and micro trauma to muscle tissues
- Hold any ligaments and joint in line for improved efficiency
- Bring more oxygen and nutrients to any injured area
- Flush out lactic acid and waste in the blood stream
- Keep out swelling in any joint
- Help increase joint stability
- Reduce over-pronation when running
- Dramatically reduce your risk of blood clots from traveling
Injuries compression is key in helping with:
- Achilles injury
- Shin Splints
- Calf Cramps
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle swelling
- Torn muscles
- Varicose Veins
- Blood Clots
- Ankle injuries