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Due to the increasing aging population, more and more people will become dependent on care products such as support stockings. A quarter of all people in a care or nursing home are wearing support stockings. In the Netherlands, more than thirty thousand people get thrombosis every year. But people with standing professions, travelers, athletes and pregnant women should also wear support stockings.

1. Standing professions
A study by Blazek and Amsler (Compression hosiery for occupational leg symptoms and leg volume: a randomized crossover trial in a cohort or hairdressers, May 2013) showed that 80% of hairdressers suffer from heavy, swollen or tired legs. The consequence of this is that they suffer from insomnia, the feeling that they have unattractive legs and depression. The research confirms that people with standing occupations and a normal vein system suffer from painful, tired and swollen legs in their legs and that wearing support stockings significantly alleviates these symptoms.
In health care, long-term standing work occurs among others for surgeons, nurses and lab technicians. In the hospitality industry this occurs with both kitchen and service staff. In the retail trade with the cashier, shop assistant or employee, warehouse employee and cleaning staff. The police, hairdressers and train conductors are also occupational groups where long-term standing is a habit.

2. Travelers
Air travelers have an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). According to various studies, the risk of thrombosis is considerably increased by long flights. If you fly for more than 4 hours, you run an increased risk of contracting a traveler's thrombosis. Not only flying, but also several hours of traveling by bus, train or car increases this risk.
A study by Clarke and Hopewell (Compression stockings for preventing deep vein thrombosis in airline passengers, 3 APR 2007) shows that wearing support stockings results in a very large reduction in symptoms of DVT among aircraft passengers who had worn support stockings than those who had support stockings did not wear support stockings. The passengers who wore these stockings also had fewer problems with sore and swollen legs (edema) than those who did not wear support stockings.
These conclusions are based on a study with more than 2800 people, half of whom were wearing support stockings and the other half not, on a journey of at least 7 hours. It was striking that there was a large difference in the number of symptoms of DVT between the 2 groups, equivalent to a reduction in the risk from dozens per thousand passengers to 2 or 3 per thousand. This proves that it is worth buying support stockings, all for the right price.

3. Athletes
For athletes, support stockings have shown that they improve performance through increased blood circulation. They reduce muscle fatigue and potential muscle damage.

  • More energy
  • Better endurance
  • Better performance
  • Better circulation
  • Optimization of oxygen supply in the muscles
  • Stabilization of the tendons
  • Better loop coordination
  • Less or no muscle pain

4. Pregnant women
During pregnancy, the blood vessels in the legs have to cope with various reasons:

  • The hormones make the blood vessels softer, which makes it easier for varicose veins to develop.
  • The growing uterus (with baby) increases the pressure on the veins in the pelvis, which impedes blood drainage from the legs and thus increases the pressure (stowage) in the leg veins during pregnancy.
  • There is more circulating blood in the veins which also increases the pressure on the leg veins.