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Feb 2015

What are Compression Socks?

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Compression socks – also called compression stockings – are a medical garment used to improve blood flow in your legs. They’re a specially designed sock running from your feet up to your knees, but can be full length. Compression socks are meant to help improve or prevent problems with venous circulation in the legs. These problems develop when the valves that transport blood don’t work properly. The valves allow blood flow in one direction back to the heart, but when venous circulation issues developblood ends up flowing backwards. Compression socks/stockings are often used to help treat tired aching and swollen legs. Conditions such as varicose/spider veins, and heavy tired legs are treatable by compression socks. Conditions such as deep vein thrombosis or venous insufficiency can also benefit from compression socks/stockings. Venous circulation problems can develop in a wide variety of people. Some factors can lead some to develop more problems than…

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A personal trainer and a physiotherapist are not the same thing. In the simplest terms, physiotherapists are focused on the medical and health needs of your body, while a personal trainer is more concerned about general benefits of exercise and muscle-building. Physiotherapists go through a university degree training program and must pass a national exam to become a regulated physiotherapist. They have specific training in some key medical areas, including musculoskeletal problems, treatment and management of specific medical issues such…

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Acupuncture can help reduce the pain, and can even help prevent, headaches and migraines. This means that those suffering from severe headaches and looking for long-overdue relief can reduce the pain without having to turn to medications – which can carry with them serious side effects and even so-called “rebound” headaches. Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine that focuses on an invisible body energy, or Qi. According to acupuncture theory, when Qi and blood on the body stagnate,…

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Those with an abnormal walking pattern, or gait, can improve their walking by using orthotics – A type of polymer plastic insert that fit into shoes to help correct a biomechanical or condition of the foot. Once inserted and worn in the shoe – just like insoles are – these custom devices are designed to help align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically correct position, thereby amending the imbalance in your stride. How do orthotics work? Custom-made foot…

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