Compression Therapy eases Tired, Achy Legs, and many Medical Conditions

Tired, achy legs benefit from compression therapy.  Wearing graduated socks or stockings will increase circulation, reduce swelling, and the feeling of tired, achy legs.  Compression therapy will reduce venous pressure within your legs, by applying external pressure to your legs.  If you have ever felt these symptoms, you can visit Charron Medical Services and talk to a knowledgeable staff member about compression socks:

  •  Heavy, tired & aching legs
  • Swollen ankles and legs
  • Cramping and tingling in the legs
  • Small varicose veins
  • Dull or sharp pain in the calf
  • Post-workout fatigue in your lower limbs

 Your body is designed to pump lymphatic fluid and protein-rich blood into your limbs and muscles.  This can promote healing, but it can also put pressure on nerves and cause pain.  Furthermore, prolonged inflammation can damage healthy tissue and even hinder the healing process.

 How do you know if compression socks or sleeves will help you? 

  • Breast cancer survivors are at a higher risk of lymphedema due to damaged lymph nodes. Compression sleeves are often prescribed and recommended.
  • Travel can cause fluid to build up in your legs. Wear compression socks or tights to prevent the discomfort and fatigue of edema.
  • Compression hosiery targets some of the discomfort of pregnancy
  • Post-workout compression can reduce soreness, improve circulation, and reduce swelling to promote recovery

 

If you are in a profession that involves a lot of sitting or standing, such as teaching or healthcare, you could benefit from daily use of compression wear.  Manufacturing workers who stand on concrete surfaces will find relief in daily use of compression socks.  Anyone who travels frequently will want to reduce swelling by wearing compression gear.

 Three tips to help prevent the discomfort of tired, achy legs and edema include:

  1. Wear compression socks or tights
  2. Stay active – walk, dance, swim, hike, exercise
  3. Drink fluids

 Replace your compression socks or sleeves every three to six months.

 

Check Your FSA Deadline: Order Diabetic Shoes and Compression Socks by December 15th

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) can have different year end rules.  If you are planning to use 2017 FSA funds for Diabetic Shoes or Custom Compression Socks/Tights , please have your order in with us before Friday, December 15th, to be sure it arrives before year end.  Call today to schedule a fitting 603-889-7220.

FSA funds can be used for a variety of medical products.  United Healthcare provides this list of FSA qualified medical expenses.  Visit our local store at 222 Main Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, and our knowledgeable staff will help you find the products you need.  

GERD Symptoms and Head Elevation While Sleeping

Reflux, sometimes known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a disease involving the stomach and esophagus. Unlike occasional heartburn we all get from time-to-time, GERD is painful burning in the chest and can even reach your throat and mouth.  Often, it will disrupt your daily activities.  Though not life threatening, you may find that some foods triggers an acid reflux attack.  Some people with GERD have trouble sleeping, because lying down can allow the stomach acid to more easily enter the esophagus.  People with GERD often complain of not sleeping well, or frequently waking throughout the night.  Solving this nighttime problem can bring much needed relief.  One customer of Charron Medical purchased an electric hospital bed to improve her sleep.   

Understanding GERD is the first step on a treatment path.  After your doctor has diagnosed your condition, you will develop a treatment plan together.  It is extremely important that you pay attention to your own individual triggers.  Healthline recommends keeping a journal to record your symptoms and the triggers that might worsen or bring on a reflux event.  Some of the triggers people notice are:

  • Eating meals close to bedtime
  • Spicy foods
  • Wearing tight fitting clothes

Relieving the symptoms of GERD can bring peace and joy back to simple pleasures like enjoying a good night’s sleep.  If nighttime reflux is a problem for you, consider some of these activities to help relieve your GERD symptoms:

  • Don’t lie down after meals.  Stay upright or take a walk.
  • Finish your last meal 2-hours before bedtime
  • Elevate your head while sleeping.  Use a bed wedge or consider buying a hospital bed, to adjust the head up.

Elevating your head while sleeping may reduce esophageal acid exposure and regurgitation, which can happen if you are a nocturnal (nighttime) refluxer.

There is a lot of information on the internet about reflux and GERD.  The American Gastroenterological Association is a good resource.  And some hospitals, like Massachusetts General Hospital, are working every day to develop new and more effective treatments for GERD.

Charron Medical Services carries a variety of bed wedge sizes, to help keep your head elevated after eating and during sleep.  Hospital beds can also be purchased or rented monthly; electric controls allow you to select the right head height for you.  Please call 603-889-7220, if you have questions about our products.

 

Electric Hospital Bed