Compression stockings come in different levels and are used for different needs. Common for the compression levels are, that they improve blood circulation from the legs and feet to the heart. The function of the venous pump is noticeably better because the stocking provides an external massage and a pressure that improves circulation. The increased pressure has a preventive effect against blood clots and varicose veins and results in a healthier and more comfortable everyday life.
The compression is measured in mmHg, where mm stands for millimetre and Hg for mercury. It measures how the stockings react at a certain change in pressure.
There are different standards for compression. Below you can find the defined standard in Europe described. Our range of compression contains class 1 and class 2.
RULE NO. 1
If in doubt, start with a compression class 1 stocking.
COMPRESSION CLASS 1
Compression 15-21 mmHg. For use with smaller problems like swollen feet, tiredness, and small varicose veins. Recommend if you are pregnant, if you sit or stand for several hours at work, or if you are going on a long flight.
COMPRESSION CLASS 2
Compression 23-32 mmHg. For use with bigger problems as for instance venous insufficiency and varicose veins. Also for use after operations. Do not use compression class 2 without consulting a doctor or nurse.
COMPRESSION CLASS 3
Compression 34-46 mmHg. With major problems you might need compression class 3. In this case the stockings are made to order. Medically qualified personal has to measure the person, so the stockings are a complete fit.
COMPRESSION CLASS 4
Only for use within hospitals.