The Progression of Compression

Compression socks have been around for more than half a century. Over the past several decades, there has been an increasing number of studies on the benefits of compression socks. From everyday circulatory aid to the prevention of life-threatening Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), compression socks help support a healthy lifestyle.

Pre-World War II

Compression socks are developed and widely used in Europe.

1950s

Americans begin wearing compression socks for their healthful benefits.

1987

Graduated compression socks are found to reduce blood lactate values following extensive exercise by helping to keep the lactate retained in the muscular bed (Berry & McMurray).

2001

Study found that compression socks with levels of 8-15 mmHg and 15-20 mmHg are effective in improving symptoms of discomfort, swelling, fatigue, aching, and leg tightness when worn on a regular basis (Weiss & Duffy).

2008

Compression socks with levels of 15-20 mmHg are found to prevent edema and relieve symptoms resembling venous insufficiency (Blattler, et al.).

2009

Compression socks are found to help improve a runner’s lactate threshold during exercise leaving them less sore after running (Kemmler, et al.).

2010

Study demonstrates that compression garments worn during high resistance training can improve recovery by reducing fatigue, muscular pain, and muscular swelling (Kraemer, et al.).

2010

Compression socks are shown to reduce symptomless Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) among airline passengers (Clark, et al.).

2013

VIM & VIGR launches a new line of fashionable compression socks that uses advanced Gradient Pressure™ knitting technology to boost the flow of freshly oxygenated blood to legs.