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Tired, Achy, Swollen, Vein-y Legs?

This article is about your legs. (But I thought that you were my chiropractor, concerned with mywalking_on_grass.jpgback!!)

You are partially right. Chiropractors are concerned with your mobility. When we perform those adjustments, we are actually restoring motion to your vertebrae, helping them to function better so you move better. More movement relates to better function, which relates to better overall health. If your legs are tired, achy and full of visible tortuous veins, or your ankles and calves are swollen from fluid, you don't feel much like moving. So you become slower and weaker and more tired. Your back and joints may even hurt due to lack of exercise.

Enter the compression stocking. They provide graded compression up the leg, restoring proper venous drainage and squeezing the fluids back  in. These stockings are for men and women; yes, some are like pantyhose, but others look just like dress socks or athletic socks for men! And... allimages__1_.jpg are quite stylish, coming in black, navy beige and white. They are not the thick ugly ones you are probably envisioning (like the ones your Granny wore!)

With these products on your legs, you will feel more like moving and may even start to walk or exercise more. Your legs and, feet will breathe a sigh of relief because they don't hurt so much.

What's more, gradient compression stockings and socks are covered by most health plans 100%. All you need is a script from your family doctor, and Dr. Keyes can measure and fit you with the the appropriate ones.  

I pulled the following list from a Wikipedia site. It is a list of indications for compression stockings:

Indications for use

Treatment is usually prescribed by a physician to relieve all manifestations of chronic venous disease and prevent venous troubles. Compression stockings are recommended under the following conditions:

Tired, aching legs

Occurs when the blood flow slows down in the legs (can be an indicator of deep vein thrombosis).

Edema (Mild ankle/foot swelling)

When blood and/or tissue fluid pool in the legs and feet due to poor circulation.

Chronic peripheral venous insufficiency

Veins cannot pump deoxygenated blood to the heart.

Varicose veins

Saccular and distended veins which can expand considerably and may cause painful venous inflammation. Once developed, will not disappear on its own. The formation of varicose veins is an externally visible sign of venous weakness.


Spider Veins (mild varicosities)

The smallest cutaneous blood vessels which shimmer bluish/reddish through the skin.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Occurs when blood flow decreases (especially in the lower extremities), causing blood to pool in the legs and leading to blood clot (thrombus) formation.


When a body part swells due to an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid, occurring when there is interference with the normal drainage of lymph fluid back into the blood, commonly swelling the arm, leg, neck or abdomen.


Inflammation and clotting in a vein, most often a leg vein, due to infection, inflammation, or trauma. People with varicose veins are more often affected. Inflammation occurs suddenly, causing the thrombus to adhere firmly to the vein wall, which can clog a superficial vein.

Economy Class Syndrome (ECS)

Occurs on long flight, due to traveler's inactivity, gravity, and cramped seating, which slows down the blood flow through veins.[6]


Inflammation of subcutaneous fat, form of panniculitis.[7]


Hormones released during pregnancy and the expanding uterus (pressure on the Inferior Vena Cava - preg_therafirm.jpgthe major vein returning blood up to the heart) can affect leg veins.[8]

The use of elastic compression stockings can reduce volumetric variations during standing hours. The use of stockings for the entire day is more effective than just half the day or not using compression stockings at all. [9] Many physicians and vein specialists recommend wearing compression stockings after varicose vein stripping, but studies show that wearing an elastic compression has no additional benefit following elastic bandaging for 3 days in post-operative care after stripping of the great saphenous vein as assessed by control of limb, oedema, pain, complications and return to work.[10]


Under no circumstance should those with advanced peripheral obstructive arterial disease, congestive heart failure, septic phlebitis, oozing dermatitis and advanced peripheral neuropathy be wearing compression stockings.[11]

Why visit Dr. Keyes for your compression stockings? First, he's got them; state of the art Therfirm brand compression garments. High quality, durable Medical Compression Stockings are hard to find in the store. Secondly, he has been a Certified Medical Compression Hosiery provider since 2010.  Thirdly, he is definitely your partner in health.

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