What is Compression Hosiery?


Gradient Compression Hosiery Therapy or compression socks, stockings and panty hose are medically necessary to improve venous and lymphatic blood circulation.

We use Sigvaris Compression Hosiery as well as Bauerfeind Compression Hosiery products. Sigvaris and Bauerfeind have been the leaders in manufacturing compression products in Canada and Europe. All of their products are quality inspected, ensuring superior garments that are soft, cool, and comfortable to wear all day. Recently they have been revolutionizing their products by introducing popular colors, modern styles and advanced technologies.

Background Info

Blood circulates in the body due to the pumping of the heart via veins and arteries. Arteries carry nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to the body tissue and veins carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart.

In a healthy vein when blood pumps, venous valves open and allow blood to flow towards the heart and then close to prevent blood from flowing back down. In an unhealthy vein, valves can’t close properly because they are weak. This lets blood flow back down due to gravity. Therafirm compression socks products deliver a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the ankle of the garment and decreases towards the top. This gradient compression combats gravity and allows better venous blood flow controlling swelling, varicosities (such as varicose veins) and other leg conditions.

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Available Styles

Compression Hosiery, Socks and Stockings are available in many styles and shades for both men and women. Styles include knee-high compression stockingsthigh-high compression stockingstrouser compression socks, and pantyhose compression stockings. The Gradient Compression Hosiery also comes in three compression levels depending on the type of support one need, including mild support (15-20mmHg), moderate support (20-30mmHg), and firm support (30-40mmHg).

Most medical-grade compression hosiery (20mmHG and above) is covered by most extended health plans.

Is Compression Hosiery for You?

Come in to our East Vancouver Wellness Centre for an evaluation and see if Compression Hosiery Therapy or Compression Socks and Compression Stockings will benefit you!

All or part of the cost of Compression Hosiery may be covered by your extended health plan.

Varicose veins prevention, wearing Compression Stockings Thigh during flight
Varicose veins prevention, wearing Compression Stockings Thigh during flight

Choose The Right Compression Stocking Products

  • Depending on your day-to-day needs; choose the color, style and thickness of your compression stockings that suits your lifestyle.
  • Individual needs are as varied as compression socks for varicose veins and antiembolic stockingscompression tights for running and shin splints,  maternity compression tights, among others.

Get Measured

  • Your therapist will ask you to remove your shoes and socks.
  • Depending on the length of product you’re ordering, your therapist will take your measurements (ankle, calf, thigh, and leg length).
  • We recommend that you come early in the day to our Vancouver Wellness Centre for a compression stocking assessment to get the best measurement and optimal fitting.
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Reap The Benefits

    • We will provide you documentation to submit to your insurance for reimbursement when you pick up your compression hosiery.
    • With compression hosiery you will have less pain, decreased swelling and increased comfort!
    • For more information on the benefits of compression hosiery – click here.

For made-to-measure compression socks in East Vancouver, call us today at 604-876-9977 or email us to book a compression stocking assessment!

Benefits of Compression Hosiery/Socks

  • Improved Circulation
  • Relief of tired, aching legs
    • Decreased leg discomfort
  • Prevents mild to moderate swelling/edema
    • Due to pregnancy (maternity compression stockings)
    • Due to being on ones feet/standing for long periods of time
  • Retain and enhance mobility in arthritis sufferers
  • Counter the effects of venous hypertension
  • Prevent progression of venous leg disorders
    • Spider veins, varicose veins
  • Prevent progression of lymphatic diseases
  • Prevent thrombo-embolism
    • Due to confined sitting for extended periods of time
    • Due to DVT: Deep Vein Thrombosis

For made-to-measure compression socks in East Vancouver, call us today at 604-876-9977 or email us to book a compression stocking assessment!

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Conditions Treated

People who can benefit from wearing gradient compression hosiery or compression socks and compression stocks include anyone who experiences any of the following Venous Leg Disorders:

  • Varicose veins: Valves fail to work properly in the legs causing pooling of blood in the damaged veins
  • Lymphedema: Blockage in the lymphatic system causing swelling in the arms or legs
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI): Damaged valves hinder the return of blood to the heart causing blood to accumulate in the lower legs
  • Edema: Fluid build up in the lower leg tissue causing swollen feet, ankles, or legs
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Economy Class Syndrome: Blood clot in the large, deep veins of the leg
  • Venous Stasis/Chronic Venous Stasis: Lowered blood flow in the veins
  • Phlebitis: Inflammation of a vein
  • Thrombophlebitis: Inflammation of a vein due to the formation of a blood clot in an arm or leg vein
  • Venous Ulcers: Wounds that occur due to improper functioning of venous valves

Risk factors for Venous Disease

  • Frequent flying (Pilots, Flight Attendants, Business Travelers)
  • Prolonged inactivity/immobility: Slower blood flow leading to blood pooling
  • Pregnancy: 40% of pregnant women develop varicose veins
  • Diabetes: Results in coagulation abnormalities
  • Smoking: Promotes blood clotting
  • Obesity: Results in coagulation abnormalities and can result in developing varicose veins
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Family history of Venous Leg Disorders (eg. DVT)

For made-to-measure compression socks in East Vancouver, call us today at 604-876-9977 or email us to book a compression stocking assessment!