Category Archives: Athletic Compression

Back-To-School Comfort and Confidence for the College Student

It’s almost fall again, and with cooler temperatures not that far away, that can only mean one thing: back-to-school outfits. Cultivating your wardrobe, as a college student, poses a much more unique challenge than when your mom was picking out your outfits each morning. Students need to discover how to dress for a wide variety of social and professional situations. They must do this by incorporating functional pieces that are trendy, and they need to look good while doing this. It is imperative to acquire versatile pieces that can function well when attending classes, going out on the town, studying, engaging in athletic events and for professional engagements. The following three styles cover a multitude of situations that an undergrad may have to morph into on any given day.

The Academic


The first look you will need to master is “The Academic”. This student needs to get dressed with little thought, but still look attractive, fashionable and be extremely comfortable. Sitting in a lecture hall for two and a half hours can be tedious, and comfort with style is the main concern for these students. An everyday staple for the Academic is the Therafirm Core-Spun Crew Sock. This everyday sock boasts comfort, moisture wicking technology, and keeps feet dry and cool. This item is perfect for constantly walking to and from classes. The Core-Spun Crew Sock also provides patented gradient compression technology. This compression will prevent legs from getting tired and achy after walking around campus and sitting in classes all day.

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The Athlete


Whether you are a serious athlete or just an occasional gym-goer, it is necessary to have the proper workout attire. As an athlete you want your clothes to look good, and you also need them to aid you in performance. Both designs of Therafirm’s Core-Sport and TheraSport products incorporate gradient compression for improved circulation. This aids in the recovery process and helps fight fatigue. Therafirm’s athletic wear also uses moisture wicking technology to keep you dry and has antimicrobial fibers to prevent odors.

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The Impression


You may be a senior preparing for job interviews, or perhaps you have a big presentation for your business class. Either way, Therafirm’s Ease collection is what you need to have in your arsenal to make the best impression. The women’s stockings contain a non-restrictive waistband to help ensure a comfortable all day wear and come in a multitude of styles, sizes and colors. Both the men’s and women’s lines contain trouser socks with your choice of compression grade. Both lines use micro-cool technology to keep you comfortable and dry all day, and come in a wide variety of colors and styles to go with an assortment of professional ensembles.

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Therafirm’s patented, affordable and stylish products have been a trusted name for over 50 years! You can be confident that you are buying a high quality product that will last. Incorporating these three essential pieces into your wardrobe will leave any campus bound person feeling confident that they are covered for most occasions. Be sure to check out the many other quality products that Therafirm has to choose from.



Who Can Benefit From Gradient Compression Garments

Gradient compression garments are used to increase blood circulation and reduce swelling in those with circulation disorders and can also assist in athletic performance. Gradient compression socks, for example, apply the greatest amount of pressure near the ankle and decreases as it extends up the calf, stopping under the knee cap. Athletic gradient compression garments, usually made of spandex, offer support all over the body using the same principles to provide structural support. Athletes also use them as a recovery aid. That doesn’t mean that they are only meant for the athletically inclined.

Medical Uses

Gradient compression garments are often used in hospitals where patients are very sedentary. After an operation, sedentary patients are at risk of deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. This is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein. DVT normally forms in the lower leg but can also occur in other parts of the body.  According to the UK National Health Service, an untreated DVT can lead to a pulmonary embolism in 1 in 10 of those affected. Pulmonary embolisms occur when the clot breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. The clot can block the blood flow to the lungs which can cause a patient to have trouble breathing, experience chest pain and lose consciousness. If not treated, it can lead to serious complications and even death.

Other conditions where the use of compression garments may be prescribed may include varicose veins (swollen and enlarged veins usually in the legs), skin ulcers, and lymphedema (painful swelling of the lymph nodes.) According to WebMD, gradient compression socks or stockings should be worn at all times except during bathing and sleeping to improve blood flow and problems such as blood pooling in the legs.

Patients may have concerns over whether their health insurance may cover gradient compression stockings. Many insurance companies will cover them if they are considered medically necessary. Patients should always call their insurance company to check if they are covered. Aetna Healthcare lists several conditions that the company considers gradient compression garments to be medically necessary including: Lipodermatosclerosis, Stasis dermatitis (venous eczema), Varicose veins (except spider veins), and Venous edema.

Athletic Performance


Gradient compression sportswear has several options for athletes including shirts, sleeves, shorts, socks, tights, and more. These garments are often used by athletes such as runners and basketball players to improve circulation and decrease the amount of time that they need to spend recovering. Wearing gradient compression sportswear post-game or activity can also benefit athletes in the same manor.

Gradient compression garments are also likely to help anyone who needs assistance with improving and maintaining circulation. Those at risk of clots in the legs, especially those who are bedbound for a time after surgery, will benefit from wearing compression garments the most. People at risk of deep vein thrombosis, and subsequently a pulmonary embolism, should discuss with their doctor whether compression stockings will help. You don’t have to be an athlete to get the added benefit of gradient compression clothing so the first step is learning more about how you can benefit from the health tool everyone should have.

The Subtle Style and Obvious Benefits of Gradient Compression Socks

Whether you are an athlete with a high training volume, someone who struggles with lymphedema, or just have achy legs from time to time, gradient compression socks are a tool that may greatly improve your quality of life. The “gradient” in the name means that the compression is “designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the distal end (ankle) of the garment and gradually decreases towards the proximal end (top) of the stocking.” This stimulates blood flow and helps prevent pooling in the feet and ankles.


Gradient Compression Socks for Athletes
While gradient compression socks work well for general aches, they can speed muscle recovery by improving circulation. This can be great for those who run or cycle long distances, as well as those who strength train. Increasing blood flow to muscle tissue can speed muscle recovery and relieve post-exercise pain.

Additionally, some runners prefer to wear gradient compression while running, as it can reduce muscle vibration and improve blood flow. They come in a variety of colors, styles, and can be a great way to tie together your running outfit or stand out in a race. Feeling great and looking great have been combined in a sleek package.


Gradient Compression Socks for Those With Lymphedema and Venous Issues
Lymphedema is a condition that can be alleviated to a great extent by increasing circulation and promoting healthy blood flow. Gradient compression socks encourage the flow of lymphatic fluid back out of the affected leg(s), which can help improve your symptoms and reduce associated pain. Compression socks are useful for many venous disorders, including venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and venous ulcers. Pregnant women who wear them generally see a reduction in leg swelling and the discomfort during pregnancy as well.

Gradient compression socks don’t look like medical devices, so others will be none the wiser about your use of these socks, weather for medical purposes or just a comfortable part of your wardrobe. You can choose subtle tones that blend in with your day-to-day wear, or you can choose brighter colors that stand out.

While wraps or bandages can be used for a similar effect, patients who use them need to make sure they are creating an appropriate pressure. This can be somewhat tricky and time-consuming. With gradient compression socks, simply wearing them as normal socks without any special arrangement will be enough to provide you with the scientifically designed compression.


Gradient Compression Socks for General Achiness
While gradient compression socks are recommended by physicians for certain circulatory issues and can be beneficial for athletes, they also are helpful for those who experience chronic aches and pains in their legs. This is especially true for those who spend much of the day standing. Because gradient compression socks help promote proper circulation, wearing them can reduce discomfort. They fit easily under clothing, so they are compatible with most work uniforms.

Gradient compression socks offer a convenient way to manage pain and discomfort associated with leg circulation. However, they also are an option with style – you can choose from a variety of colors and lengths making it easy to incorporate into any outfit. When you choose gradient compression socks, you the benefits of a medical device without looking like one.


Injury Recovery and Prevention Tools Everyone Should Be Using

Competitive athletes and recreational exercisers alike want to avoid injuries, as even a setback from a relatively minor injury can be extremely inconvenient, stressful, and potentially expensive. The good news is that there are plenty of things everyone can do to prevent injuries. Many of these tools and techniques double as recovery enhancement for those who do find themselves injured. Below are four easy and inexpensive ways to avoid (or treat) injuries, regardless of chosen athletic pursuit.

Foam Rolling

The humble foam roller is a tool that has been around for decades, and it’s been around that long because it works. Foam rollers work via myofascial release, which essentially means that it massages out muscle tension built up that is limiting mobility and helps with blood flow. Foam rollers help to work out “knots” in the muscle, as well as general tightness after a workout.

Foam rollers come in a variety of surfaces – some have smoother surfaces, while others have bumps, grooves, or ridges. Foam rollers with bumps act like hands to “knead” the skin and muscle tissue, which can boost circulation. Some people find the bumps uncomfortable and prefer the smooth foam rollers, but either choice is useful for optimizing muscle performance and speeding along muscle recovery.

Gradient Compression Clothing


Compression wear is common across multiple athletic disciplines because it can reduce muscle vibration, making exercise more comfortable. Compression wear can also be helpful for healing injuries. Gradient compression wear is especially helpful for stimulating blood flow, which can speed the healing of an injury as well as speed recovery from a grueling workout. Gradient compression socks, like TheraSport and Core-Sport by Therafirm have more pressure at the ankle than the calf, which stimulates blood flow from the feet to the rest of the leg. Wearing compression gear after a workout for recovery or during a workout can help to both treat and prevent injuries, but gradient compression will help further facilitate blood flow as well.

Stretching Straps

Most athletes are well-acquainted with the idea of stretching, but stretching straps, which are designed to help get a deeper stretch, can help with recovery from workouts and keep muscles limber enough to prevent injury. For those who have a given muscle group that is chronically tight, it may help to find stretching routines using straps. Additionally, stretching straps are designed to help eliminate the need for partner stretch assistance.

Ice and Heat

Heat and ice are some of the oldest tools for treating injuries (as well as trying to prevent them), but some newer innovations like shin wraps allow anyone to conveniently ice or heat injuries or suspected injuries while walking around or doing other things. Heating pads and traditional ice packs also work well, and when used effectively, can help reduce healing time or relieve chronic pain.

While sudden injuries can happen to anyone, making use of one or more of the above tools can significantly reduce anyone’s chances of injury. Best of all, the above tools are affordable and easy to integrate into any athletic routine. By using one or more of the above methods, both serious and casual athletes should be able to continue to train hard with a reduced risk of injury.