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Three Reasons Why You Should Invest in Donning Aids

You know you should wear your compression garments, but it’s exhausting to pull that tight fabric over your legs every day. If you’re struggling to don your compression socks, a compression stocking “donner” could be a great solution to your troubles. Below, we explain the four main types of donning aids, plus three reasons why you might want to buy a donning aid. Types of Donning Aids There are four main categories of donning aids that you can use separately or together to put on your compression garments. They are: Donning Gloves Donning gloves are made from either a purely rubber material, much like cleaning gloves, or a fabric glove with the palm and fingers dipped in rubber. These gloves...

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Pregnancy Pains: Six Easy Ways to Relieve Aching Legs When Expecting

Swollen, aching legs are a common side effect of pregnancy, but just because they’re to be expected doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about them. From watching your salt intake to wearing maternity compression stockings, there are many steps you can take to manage swelling and leg pain during pregnancy. Here are six strategies to try: 1. Elevate your legs. Gravity constantly pulls down on your blood, lymph and other fluids, causing them to pool in your feet and lower limbs. This is why you usually swell so much in your feet and calves than, say, your arms and hands. To combat the effects of gravity, lie down on your back on a bed or couch and elevate your legs...

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13 Signs You Should Start Wearing a Carpal Tunnel Brace

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve—one of the major nerves that runs from the wrist into the hand—is squeezed or compressed by inflammation, swelling and even a thickening of the wrist tendons. This inflammation is usually caused by repetitive motion, though there are many possible causes of carpal tunnel. Below, we explain the symptoms and risk factor for carpal tunnel syndrome to help you figure out if you should wear a carpal tunnel brace or pursue another type of treatment. Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel If it’s too late to prevent carpal tunnel from developing, the next best thing is to catch it early, before the nerve damage can progress. Here are the symptoms to watch out for, from...

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The Ultimate Guide to DVT Prevention: Compression Therapy Tips, Diet Advice & More

The Ultimate Guide to DVT Prevention: Compression Therapy Tips, Diet Advice & More

Deep vein thrombosis — often just abbreviated as DVT — is a potentially serious condition that happens when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the arms or legs. It’s estimated that as many as 900,000 Americans may have DVT, and not all of them might know it, as symptoms can be nonexistent or difficult to spot. In this article, we explain what DVT and its risk factors are, then dive into preventative strategies you can pursue to reduce your chances of developing DVT in the first place. Symptoms of DVT Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the body, usually in the lower legs or thighs. Symptoms to watch out...

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Feeling the Pressure: How to Improve Circulation During the Work Day

Feeling the Pressure: How to Improve Circulation During the Work Day

Work: You can’t live without it, but it can be tough to live with it, given the adverse effects it can have on your health. There are many work-related causes of poor circulation such as stress, lack of sleep, bad diet, sitting or standing too much and frequent travel. So how do you improve circulation without quitting your job? Fortunately, there are many different steps you can take to combat the ill effects that work can have on your circulation.  Here are 15 strategies to try, from wearing compression socks to staying hydrated.   1. Take breaks and get moving. At least once an hour, get up from your desk and move around to get the blood flowing, even if...

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