Compression Socks: Do they Work?
By Ryan Light, Running/Anxiety Coach
Guest post from – michelletherunnner
1. Supports the Muscles
As you run, vibrations are sent through your legs that causes your muscles to oscillate. When you wear compression however, this oscillation is significantly reduced, which allows for fatigue and any damage risks to also be reduced. According to medlineplus.gov, compression significantly improve any muscle aches or pain when worn regularly.
2. Helps Prevent Shin Splints
A runner’s worst enemy, shin splints, can be a nasty side effect of running and prevent training. When you wear compression, your calve muscles are supported and you have added pressure on your shins. Wearing compression can help aid in recovery from shin splints as well as prevent them entirely.
3. Allows for Faster Muscle Recovery
According to the research of Dr. Ajmol Ali, a PhD in the Sports and Exercise Science Department of Massey University, many runners choose to wear compression due to the speed of muscle recovery after a run. In his studies, he found runners were able to run longer periods of time and felt less fatigued and sore when they wore compression compared to not wearing them.
4. Protection and Warmth
One little known benefit of compression socks is that they can keep your legs nice and warm. Those who run in rain or snow or live in a colder climate can take advantage of the added warmth. In addition those who like to do trail running can benefit from added protection from debris.
5. Increased Blood Circulation
The most common use of compression socks would be for the increase of blood circulation. Many diabetic patients or those who suffer, or are prone to, varicose veins choose to wear compression socks to assist their blood flow. Runners can also benefit from proper blood flow. As you run, your body produces what is called lactic acid.
Wearing compression socks will increase the blood flow by dilating the veins, which allows your blood to flow more easily through your legs and to the heart. Increased blood flow can prevent the buildup of lactic acid as your improved circulation carries it back up to the heart, instead of letting it expand in your muscles.
Sarah is a health enthusiast and passionate blogger. She writes about the benefits of compression wear at Compression Info.