I am often asked what is the correct compression for me? This is a summary of established guidelines in respect to medical compression. This guide is for information purposes only, the advice of your physician takes precedence.

Compression Therapy Guide

8-15 mm Hg [Mild Compression] Provides relief and minimizes tired and achy legs. Prevents fatigued legs from long periods of sitting or standing. Helps relieve minor swapping of feet, ankles, and legs. During pregnancy, helps prevent the formation of varicose and spider veins. Helps maintain healthy, energized legs.

15-20 mm Hg (Moderate Compression) For the prevention and relief of minor to moderate varicose and spider veins. Helps tired tired, aching legs, and minor swapping of feet, ankles, and legs. During pregnancy, helps prevent varicose veins and spider veins. Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as economy class syndrome. Used in post sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose veins and spider veins. Ideal compression level used for those traveling long distances.

20-30 mm Hg (Firm Compression) Relief for moderate to severe varicose veins (also during pregnancy). For post-surgical and post sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins. Helps the treatment of moderate to severe edema or lymphatic edema. Helps with the management of active ulcers and manifestations of post thrombotic syndrome (PTS). Helps relieve superficial thrombophlebitis. Helps reduce symptoms of Orthostatic Hypotension and Postural Hypotension Prevents deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as economy class syndrome.

30-40 mm Hg (Extra Firm Compression) For the relief of several varicose veins. Used in the treatment of severe edema and lymphedema. Used in post-surgical and post sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins. For the management of Venous Ulcers and manifestations of Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS). Helps prevent orthostatic hypotension (sudden fall in blood pressure when standing). Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as economy class syndrome.

Buying compression garments can be a daunting and confusing task. This is a simple but proven guide to help decide the level of compression that is best dependent on your personal situation. Use this guide when talking to your physician. Medical compression when used correctly can reduce pain, swelling, discomfort, and increase your venous circulation.

While there are many compression garments on the market, it is imperative that you buy compression garments that are graduated. Graduated compression is when the compression is higher in the foot and reduces in compression as you move toward the heart or head.