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Compression Levels Explained

Kinship Comfort Brands 3/4/2019News

Wondering which compression products you should be using? It can be a little daunting if you are new to the world of compression products. There are numerous benefits of compression therapy, and every person’s reasons for use varies. Some of the most prevalent symptoms or conditions that benefit from compression therapy are:

  • Swelling and vein problems related to pregnancy
  • Varicose or spider veins
  • Lymphedema or edema
  • Swelling, pain or blood clots in the lower legs, also known as DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Poor circulation from sitting for long periods
  • Post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment
  • Post-workout recovery


Kinship’s Compression Elbow Sleeves (Firm - 20-30 mmHg)


Compression stockings and sleeves are available in multiple compression support levels.New to compression-wear? Not sure what level is right for you? We have outlined the breakdown of the four common compression support stocking levels:

  • Mild (8-15 mmHg)
    • Relief and prevention of fatigued legs, minor swelling, during pregnancy, and to maintain healthy energized legs.
  • Medium (15-20 mmHg)
    • Recommended for first-time users
    • Prevention and relief of minor to moderate varicose and spider veins.
    • Relieve aches and swelling, during pregnancy, prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and used in post-sclerotherapy treatment.
    • Ideal for traveling.
  • Firm (20-30 mmHg)
    • Prevent and relieve moderate to severe varicose veins
    • Post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment
    • Treatment of moderate to severe edema
    • Relief of superficial thrombophlebitis
    • Prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • X-Firm (30-40 mmHg)
    • Generally used for more serious venous diseases.

The Kinship Difference:

In addition to compression strength, two other important properties need to be present in your compression products – Moisture Wicking and Antimicrobial Fabric – both of which are featured in all of Kinship’s compression products.

  • Moisture Wicking allows for the flow of moisture away from the skin to keep the body more dry and comfortable as garments are worn in an active environment, or over longer periods of time in warm conditions.
  • Anti-Bacterial/Anti-Fungal properties are provided to inhibit the growth of bacteria, thus reducing odor and adding comfort to the garments as worn.
  • Microfiber Nylon offers a soft-touch with superior stretch and recovery, as well as great colorfastness

Note: The combination of Wicking and Anti-Microbial benefits will aid in providing comfort, reducing blistering and chaffing, and preventing some skin ailments – especially in the foot.

Still have questions?It is always recommended to consult your health care provider about which pressure grade you should buy for maximum benefit and relief. We’re here to help too!Contact us if you have additional questions: CLICK HERE.