Best POTS and Dysautonomia Blogs

I hate to admit it, but sometimes I don’t have all the answers to compression product questions! But, I’ve found an amazing resource in the medical blogging community – brave men and women who are blogging about their medical conditions openly and honestly. I can’t say enough about how helpful it is to us, to not only understand the day to day challenges of living with a chronic medical condition, but also to be able to read someone’s personal account of using compression to treat medical symptoms.

I recently had a customer reach out about compression stockings for POTS/Dysautonomia. Dysautonomia is a disease that affects the autonomic nervous system, often manifested by a low blood pressure and/or a high heart rate upon standing (also, called Orthostatic Hypotension and/or POTS, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). While I know that compression stockings are recommended by doctors to help manage some of the symptoms of POTS, I wasn’t quite sure which style or brand was best to recommend. So, I turned to the great community of bloggers who are managing POTS themselves and talking about compression products.

Since I found such helpful information there – I wanted to share it with everyone else! If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Dysautonomia, POTS or EDS, definitely check out the great blogs below to learn more.

With a Side of Salt is written by an amazing young woman in Arizona. Crista was diagnosed with POTS while she was in college and is now a patient at Mayo Clinic. Her writing is informative and strong (and sarcastic which I like!). She’s a great resource! Her advice on compression socks is here.

Living with Bob is a prolific blog filled with SO MUCH information. I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface, but I definitely recommend. RustyHoe is very funny and very honest about her day to day struggles and triumphs. She also has lots of information on compression here.

Lethargic Smile is written by Jackie, who has Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). She is so positive and uplifting – it’s hard not to sit down and read 20 of her posts at once.

Defying Gravity is written by a young woman with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). She also has several posts on compression stockings.

Life with POTS is written by a young Canadian with POTS.  Her advice on compression socks is here.

This is in no way a definitive list. Do you have any more blogs we should add? Let us know in the comments!

The US National Field Hockey Team Wears Compression Socks!

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The U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team is one of the most hard working teams out there, training twice a day for five days a week. This year, they are utilizing athletic compression socks to get a competitive advantage. These socks provide medical grade compression to help prevent leg and ankle injury, reduce the time it takes to recover and to increase circulation to keep legs feeling energized and fresh.

Dave Hamilton, the USA Field Hockey director for performance science explains that these are not your average socks; “They are individually knitted using measurements obtained from a 3 dimensional scan of both legs.” The idea is to help athletes train more effectively. Unlike most compression socks, the ones the U.S. National Team wear come complete with an electrical stimulation device (firefly) that stimulates the body’s natural calf pump.

Compression garments without all the bells and whistles still give athletes a competitive advantage. Professional sports players like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are widely known for their use of compression garments. Compression socks and sleeves are designed to increase blood flow to enhance performance. For the most part you’ll find that athletes and fitness enthusiasts swear by wearing compression socks post workout to flush out lactic acid from the muscles, which speeds up recovery. Most athletes who use compression for recovery are able to perform at the same level of intensity within a day or two.

Athletic compression socks help athletes reach their full potential without experiencing muscle soreness afterwards. Both the Men’s and Women’s National Field Hockey Teams have been wearing compression socks for years. Compression socks are becoming more and more popular in the sports world with good reason. Whether you want to run farther, train harder or recover faster, athletic compression socks can help you achieve your goals.

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