Whether you are a seasoned runner or an everyday athlete, new to the fitness game or just want the benefits of compression gear for blood flow, make sure you purchase it from a company that is knowledgeable of what true medical compression gear is and how it will benefit your performance and recovery time. The few extra minutes you take to ask the right questions can make all the difference in the world.
We talked about the Benefits of Medical Grade Graduated Compression here, but you can only reap these benefits if you actually have medical grade compression gear. While you are out shopping for your compression gear, ask the seller what compression level the socks or sleeves have. If they do not know, do not buy them. If a retailer is selling actual medical grade compression gear, they will be knowledgeable of what compression levels are in the brands they are selling, or it will at least be on the package. If they say only 15-20 mmHg, as many versions have, especially unbranded online versions, then will most likely not have enough compression impact on your circulation. As a runner or athlete, you already have stronger than normal muscle tissue assisting with pumping venous flow, you will only benefit from medical grade compression of at least 20-30 mmHg.
The OS1st compression socks and sleeves have multiple sections, or zones, that feature a different level of compression. The zones range from light, 10-15 mmHg, to firm, 20-30 mmHg, and each zone has its own specifically designed function. The changing levels of compression zones throughout each device is what prevents injuries, increases your performance, and speeds up your recovery time.