Picture this: you’re making a list of things to pack in your carry-on for your next big trip. You’ve got everything you need to stay comfortable on the plane ride: your phone charger, earbuds, neck pillow, and… your compression garments!
Wait, what? Why is a compression garment essential for travel? Don’t worry, we explain below.
First things first: what exactly does a compression garment do? We need to learn the answer to this essential question before we can learn why it’s an important travel accessory.
Essentially, a compression garment is a tight-fitting sleeve of fabric. You can choose from a few different designs depending on which limb you need to compress. At Koprez, we have sleeves for your leg, knee, ankle, foot, wrist, and elbow.
The purpose of a compression garment is to relieve pain and swelling, as well as promote blood flow into the affected limb. The source of the pain and swelling could be an inflammatory condition, such as arthritis, or it could be an injury. In the latter situation, a compression sleeve helps promote healing and prevent more damage. Its tight, hugging fit keeps the limb stable so that it doesn’t roll or twist around during movement.
Compression garments easily folded or rolled up to pack in your carry-on, which is a good thing because you’re going to need them while you travel. Below are 3 reasons why.
It’s difficult to keep your blood flowing to your legs and feet when you’re sitting down. Compression sleeves will draw blood into your limbs so that they don’t fall asleep and cause you to feel an irritating pins and needles sensation. They may also help prevent clots from developing and causing you serious problems, like heart attacks or strokes.
The longer you sit in one position, like you sit in a car or a plane during travel, the more body fluids collect in your extremities. This collection of fluids causes swelling, which is painful and uncomfortable. Compression garments help reduce the severity of the swelling and redistribute fluid.
If you’re an active traveler who likes to walk or go on hikes, or even if you’re just walking from the plane to the taxi, you are always open to the risk of injury. A wrong step here, a twist of the wrist there, and you may find yourself with a sprained limb. If you’re wearing a compression sleeve, though, it will keep your limb stable so that it is less likely to become injured.
Are you going on a trip soon? Don’t forget to buy your compression garment before you go. Koprez has a wide range of sleeves available to help keep your blood flowing and your long hours of sitting as comfortable as possible.
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