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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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TheraSport Athletic Compression Socks and Sleeves

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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.

TheraSport and Resolutions for 2016

Here we are in January – the month of New Year’s Resolutions and generally getting healthy.  It’s time to try out all that new workout equipment and apparel you received for the holidays.  Did anyone get knee high running socks?  These seem to be quite the trend in athletic and running apparel – convenient for those of us who like to wear athletic compression socks like our new TheraSport socks, as well as our Core-Sport socks.

 

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Gradient compression, which is compression that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases as it moves upwards, is known to improve blood flow from the ankle to the heart.  The increased blood flow improves oxygenation and enhances athletic performance.  Athletes that wear athletic compression garments may experience less delayed onset muscle soreness, less fatigue, improved performance, less edema post-competition and faster recovery.

Gradient compression is common in the medical world, but virtually unknown in athletic compression, despite all its advantages for athletes.  Most athletic compression on the market is the more basic all over compression.  TheraSport and Core-Sport socks both feature lab-tested gradient compression available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg.

TheraSport Athletic Performance and Recovery Socks, the newest addition of gradient compression socks to Therafirm’s line, are breaking the athletic compression mold.  Not only do they offer the wearer the true gradient athletic compression, but they also have a number of other benefits that make them ideal for today’s most serious professional and amateur athletes or anyone who prefers a sports style sock.

 

TheraSport socks are made with a super soft and lightweight material for exceptional comfort.  A comfortable band provides a non-binding grip to help the socks stay up.  High tech, moisture wicking yarns, as well as breathable mesh paneling and moisture-wicking fibers keep feet cool and odor under control.  A unique “Y” heel stitching helps to keep socks in place.  Additional Achilles and foot protection provide greater support and stabilization.  Finally, a lightweight cushioning helps to absorb shock and protect feet during athletic activity.

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But, let’s not forget how cool they look!  Seriously, these things look great, all the while providing beneficial gradient compression.  It’s a win-win.  So, get a pair, put them on and get to those resolutions!

EASE Microfiber Tights – Beautiful, Comfortable, Easy to Put On!

One of the biggest complaints among people who wear higher compression is that they’re not fashionable and downright ugly.  But, with EASE by Therafirm that is truly a thing of the past.  And, if there was ever any doubt, the newest EASE products are sure to erase it.

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EASE by Therafirm Microfiber Tights are beautiful and very fashionable.  Everyday colors include Navy, Black, Coal, Cocoa, Mulberry and Winter White.

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Another big complaint about higher compression hosiery is that they’re hard to put on.  But, just like all EASE products, our Microfiber Tights are made with high stretch yarns making them easier to put on than most other higher compression tights.

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And finally comfort.  Many of the higher compression hosiery products are rough and terribly uncomfortable.  But, not EASE.  Our Microfiber Tights are made of super soft microfiber material, with a knit-in waist band and a smooth toe, ensuring all-day comfort.  A reinforced heel and toe also make them especially durable.

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Coal

EASE by Therafirm Microfiber Tights, like all EASE products, feature gradient compression, meaning they deliver a controlled amount of pressure greatest at the ankle and gradually decreasing toward the top of the garment.  Gradient compression promotes better blood flow and assists in preventing swelling.

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Cocoa

The tights are available in both long and short lengths and both mild (15-20mmHg) and moderate (20-30mmHg) compression levels, as well as the six fashionable colors.  All Ease by Therafirm products are 100% made in the USA in Therafirm’s own manufacturing facilities.

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Navy

If your wardrobe includes mild to moderate compression hosiery, put on a pair of EASE by Therafirm Microfiber Tights.  You won’t be sorry!

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Winter White

Foot Health Tips for National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  As many diabetics know too well, diabetes can be very dangerous to your feet.  Because of reduced blood flow, injuries may be harder to heal, and infections harder to resist.  Nerve damage may reduce feeling to the feet making it hard to notice irritations leading to blisters developing.  Taking good care of your feet is one of the keys to staying healthy.  See the tips below adapted from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

  1. Get periodic foot exams – Seeing your physician on a regular basis can help prevent many of the foot complications related to diabetes.
  2. Inspect your feet daily – Check your feet for cuts, blisters, redness and swelling. Contact your doctor if you notice any of these or other irregularities.
  3. Wash your feet in lukewarm water, not hot, and with a soft washcloth or sponge – Only lukewarm water should be used, but feet should be washed daily. A soft washcloth or sponge will prevent irritation or injury.  Gently pat dry with a soft towel.
  4. Moisturize, but not in between toes – Daily moisturizing will keep skin from itching or cracking. Avoid moisturizing between the toes, however, as this can encourage fungal infection.
  5. Keep nails trimmed – Cut your toenails carefully and straight across. File any edges and avoid cutting nails too short, which can lead to ingrown toenails.
  6. Don’t treat corns or calluses yourself – Self “surgery” is not recommended, nor is the use of medicated pads. Visit your doctor for any of these issues.
  7. Avoid smoking – Smoking restricts blood flow, which will increase the chance of damage to your feet.
  8. Keep shoes clear of debris – Foreign objects, no matter how small, inside of shoes can be a major source of irritation. Always inspect shoes before putting them on.
  9. Keep your diabetes in check – Watch your blood sugar levels and keep them in control.
  10. Never walk barefoot – Always wear shoes or slippers, even at home. Doing so will prevent injury from scratches or cuts.
  11. Always keep feet warm and dry – Don’t let your feet get wet in snow or rain and always wear warm socks and shoes in the winter.
  12. Wear socks to bed – To prevent cold feet during the night, wear your socks to bed. Avoid using heating pads or hot water bottles.
  13. Wear clean, dry socks – Be sure to change them daily.
  14. Avoid wearing the wrong type of socks – Avoid tight elastic bands. Thick or bulky socks can fit poorly and irritate the skin.  Try SmartKnit Diabetic Socks.  Our socks are seamless and form fitting, which help to prevent blister-causing pressure points.  Moisture wicking fibers keep feet dry reducing friction, which can cause irritation.

** Note: Tips are not meant to replace medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor.

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