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Health Benefits of Compression Support Tights

by
author image Ashley Schwader
Ashley Schwader is a certified personal trainer through ACE and a certified Pilates and group instructor through AFAA. Her background includes personal training, nutrition, weight management, corporate wellness, and health promotion. She earned a Bachelor of Science in health and exercise science, from Colorado State University.
Health Benefits of Compression Support Tights
A woman is on a track wearing compression shorts. Photo Credit jax973/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Compression support tights can be used by both men and women, and come in several types for different purposes. Some stockings are worn on the leg from your foot to about the level of your knee. Others are a full tight that come to your waist line.

Running Support

Compression tights are now being used to increase performance during running. "Running Times" magazine says that these running tights use compression to support the major muscle groups, allowing them to function more efficiently and recover more quickly. The first running compression tights used the same type of Lycra used in competitive swimsuits. Modern compression tights and now being made of Lycra and a CoolMax material to allow sweat to evaporate. Cost for running compression tights can vary from $50 to $150. Check with your doctor before using these tights for long-distance running or frequent training runs.

Treat Deep Vein Thrombosis

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute defines deep vein thrombosis as a condition in which a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. This can cause pain and create discomfort in daily life. Compression tights can be used to treat deep vein thrombosis by preventing swelling. The pressure created from the compression tight can also help reduce the chances that your blood will pool and clot. If you suffer from deep vein thrombosis, speak with your doctor before using compression tights.

Pregnancy Support

A common complaint of pregnancy is tired, swollen and achy feet and legs. In addition, the added baby weight can cause leg problems, like varicose veins, circulation problems, pain and edema. Compression tights can help relieve some of these symptoms. Compression tights increase circulation by supporting the blood and veins in your legs against the force of gravity to get the blood back up to your heart and the rest of your upper body. Speak with your doctor first before using compression tights during your pregnancy.

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