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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.
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Therafirm-Sponsored Marathoner Wins Santa Barbara Race

On November 7, 2015, 36-year-old Moninda Marube won the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Day Half Marathon in Santa Barbara, California for the fourth time with a time of one hour, eight minutes and 41 seconds.  The event was the culmination of Moninda’s 3,700-mile journey that began last July in Auburn, Maine.

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Moninda grew up in Kenya.  A lack of steady money and political violence contributed to a difficult life as a youth.  But, his talent for running allowed him a way out, and his journey landed him in the United States.

In the U.S., Moninda began training, but ran into financial difficulties.  To help out, he began training with other Kenyan runners under a manager.  It was with this manager that Moninda fell victim to human trafficking.  The manager would keep winnings from the races the Kenyans ran, leaving little for living expenses.  Moninda lived in a house infested with bedbugs with no air conditioning and very little food.  Finally in 2012, Moninda met Dan Campbell, the technical director of the Santa Barbara Half Marathon.  He ran the Marathon and broke the course record.  Campbell helped him get out of his situation and relocate to Auburn, Maine, where life is finally good.

Becoming involved with the Auburn, Maine Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and motivated to help others, he began The Moninda Movement to help bring awareness of human trafficking.  The Moninda Movement consisted of Moninda’s one-man goal of running 3,700 miles in four months and finishing with the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Day Half Marathon. This amounted to running roughly 30 miles per day, 6 days a week.

Early into his journey, The Moninda Movement gained two sponsors – Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies located in central Maine, and Therafirm, a compression hosiery manufacturer based in Hamlet, North Carolina with corporate offices in Kansas City, Kansas.

Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies has a long history of serving its local community.  As a small, family-owned and operated business headquartered in Auburn, Maine, they are a company that cares about their customers like family. Providing the community with the best quality medical supplies and equipment available is how they strive to inspire and empower individuals to take life’s challenges as they come, and to live life on their terms. They are also proud to be one of the last independent pharmacies in the state of Maine.

Moninda’s mission was a perfect fit for Therafirm.  The U.S. manufacturer produces true gradient compression socks and hosiery including a line of athletic compression socks and leg and arm sleeves.  Gradient compression in athletic socks and sleeves feature compression that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top of the stocking to help increase energy for endurance, better performance and reduces muscle fatigue and recovery times.  But, equally important, Therafirm, as well as parent company Knit-Rite, Inc., holds improving lives as its mission, not only in the products it makes, but also in the many causes it supports locally and beyond.

The co-sponsorship included Therafirm-branded compression socks and sleeves and Moninda’s athletic apparel.  Custom screen printing on Moninda’s apparel advertised The Moninda Movement’s message.  Bedard and Therafirm also donated a portion of the proceeds from retail sales of Therafirm’s athletic compression products over an eight-month period to Moninda’s foundation in support of ending human trafficking.

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Originally, The Moninda Movement’s 3,700 miles was to be a cross-country journey where Moninda would run from Auburn, Maine to Santa Barbara, California stopping in several cities along the way.  Unfortunately, the logistics of getting his team of supporters through each leg of the journey proved difficult and the cross-country run had to be scrapped.  Moninda did not let the setback discourage him from his goals, however.  He continued to run his 30 miles each day from his home in Auburn, Maine making sure he reached the 3,700 miles it would have taken him to run from Maine to California.

Moninda finished his 3,700 mile run in time to catch a flight to Santa Barbara to run in the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Day Half Marathon – a race that he won for the record-breaking 4th straight year.

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Celebrating National Student Athlete Day

Today, April 6, is National Student Athlete Day.  The recognition was created in 1987 by the NCAS (National Consortium for Academics and Sports) and is celebrated annually on April 6.  It was designed to honor outstanding achievements of high school and college student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities.  To be honored, student-athletes must have achieved a 3.0+ GPA and be involved in outreach and community service.  Since 1987 more than 4.1 million student-athletes have been honored on National Student Athlete Day.

Our team at Therafirm, makers of TheraSport and Core-Sport Athletic Compression Socks and Sleeves, would like to congratulate all of the 2016 honorees, as well as those that have been honored in the past.  We know that excelling at sports, while also maintaining high grades and being involved in the community takes a special kind of dedicated person – one we know will go on to succeed in life beyond their high school and college athletic careers.  It may not always be to play their sport professionally, but their hard work and dedication will pay off in whatever career they move on to.

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We encourage you to continue your efforts in achieving great things in the academic world, as well as sports, and we hope that our products will help you to achieve your goals!

All of Therafirm’s athletic compression socks and sleeves feature true gradient compression, which is a controlled amount of pressure greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the calf.  True gradient compression helps to improve blood flow from the ankle to the heart, improving oxygenation in the blood and enhancing your workout.  Other benefits include: increased energy for endurance, better performance, reduced muscle fatigue, and shorter recovery time after a workout.

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Just in Time for Spring – EASE Sheer!!

Just in time for spring, Therafirm has released its brand new line – Sheer Ease!  This exciting addition to the already popular Ease line is sure to turn heads.

Like Ease and Core-Spun products, Sheer Ease garments are made with ultra-stretchy yarns making them easier to put on and more comfortable to wear.  And also like Ease and Core-Spun, Sheer Ease hosiery products are the highest quality gradient compression, but the beautiful and comfortable sheer fabrics give the impression of everyday sheer hosiery.

Sheer Ease garments are very durable and will hold well to repeated wear, resisting many of the rips and snags common to other sheer hosiery.  And contributing to exceptional comfort, the super soft and breathable material is moisture wicking helping to keep you cool and comfortable.  Sheer Ease’s soft, knit-in bands on the knee highs stay in place while providing non-binding comfort.  The knit-in pantyhose waistbands stay in place and prevent rolling, while the silicone band on the thigh highs keep them comfortably in place.

Like all Therafirm products, Sheer Ease features true gradient compression, which is designed to improve blood flow.  Gradient compression delivers a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the ankle of the garment and gradually decreases toward the top.  Sheer Ease premium gradient compression garments are designed to help promote better circulation and help control swelling, leg fatigue, mild to moderate varicose veins, leg discomfort, edema and DVT.

Sheer Ease is available in styles including open and close toe knee high, thigh highs and pantyhose in three compression levels – mild (15-20 mmHg), moderate (20-30 mmHg) and firm (30-40 mmHg).  Mild and moderate closed toe styles are available in Black, Natural, Sand, Bronze, Coal, Cocoa and Navy.  All open toe styles and firm compression level products are available in Black, Natural and Sand.

Ease Sheer is here.  Be one of the first to experience this beautiful and comfortable high quality compression hosiery.  Your legs will thank you.

** Contraindications: Compression products should not be worn and is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions: severe arterial insufficiency, cutaneous infections, acute dermatitis, wet dermatosis, uncontrolled congestive heart failure, skin irritations, or allergies to dyes.

Prevent DVT and Follow Doctor’s Orders with Fashionable Compression Hosiery

March is DVT Awareness Month.  DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis.  DVT is basically the condition of blood clots in the deep veins, usually the calf or thigh muscle.  DVT can damage the valves in your blood vessels, causing pain and swelling.  But, more dangerously, blood clots can break free and travel through the bloodstream and damage major organs – most specifically the heart and lungs.  This condition is known as pulmonary embolism.  Blood clots in the deep veins in the thigh muscles are the frequent culprits of pulmonary embolism.

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So, who is at greater risk of developing DVT?  The following conditions may make DVT more likely;

  • Inherited blood-clotting disorder – An inherited disorder would make the development of blood clots is more common.
  • Prolonged bed rest – When the legs do not move for long periods of time, it is more difficult for blood to circulate.
  • Injury or surgery – Injury or surgery to the veins increases blood clot risks.
  • Pregnancy – Increased pressure in the veins during pregnancy makes these women more susceptible to blood clots.
  • Birth control or hormone replacement therapy – Both increase risk of blood clots.
  • Overweight or obesity – Extra weight can increase pressure on the veins making blood clots more likely.
  • Smoking – Smoking affects circulation, which increases the risk of DVT.
  • Cancer – The disease itself, as well as some of the treatments involved can increase the risk of blood clots.
  • Heart failure – Those with limited heart and lung function can be at greater risk of pulmonary embolism.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease – Diseases such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis can both increase risk of DVT.
  • Personal or family history – Risk factors can be hereditary.
  • Age – Although people of any age can develop DVT, those over the age of 60 are at greater risk.
  • Sitting for long periods of time – Remaining still for long periods of time (car or air travel, for example) can negatively affect circulation leading to greater risk of DVT.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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If you experience any of the previous conditions, or any combinations of these conditions, you are at a greater risk for developing DVT.  Your doctor may suggest that you begin wearing compression hosiery to promote circulation and prevent dangerous blood clots.  The good news is that compression stockings do not have to be ugly or uncomfortable, as they have traditionally been thought of.

Therafirm has many beautiful and fashionable options that allow those at risk for DVT to follow doctor’s orders and still maintain a stylish and modern look.

 

 

 

EASE, a fairly new brand from Therafirm, offers very fashionable styles and colors, also, but in higher compression levels (15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg).  EASE hosiery products are made with beautiful fibers and are designed to be easier to put on and more comfortable to wear.  A recent addition to our EASE line is Microfiber Tights.  These beautiful tights are not only fashionable, but incredibly comfortable, offering the necessary compression for those at risk of developing DVT.

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EASE Microfiber Tights in Mulberry.

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EASE Thigh Highs in Coal.

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EASE Pantyhose in Bronze.

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EASE Men’s Trouser Socks in Navy.

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EASE Knee Highs in Sand.

And an exciting new addition in the EASE family, available only just this month, is Sheer EASE.  With all the same benefits of our previous opaque EASE line, but in beautiful sheer fabrics.  Look for this option coming to our www.therafirm.com website within days!

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Sheer EASE Knee Highs in Natural.

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Sheer EASE Pantyhose in Sand.

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Sheer EASE Thigh Highs in Bronze.

It’s an exciting time to wear compression hosiery, because the fashionable choices from Therafirm allow you to prevent DVT and not compromise on style!

 

*Contraindications: Any skin irritations, allergies to dyes, congestive heart failure, arterial disorders, existing DVT. If any of these conditions apply, please consult your physician for advice.

** Disclaimer – Not to take the place of medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor about health concerns.