LONG-HAUL FLIGHTS AND DVT

Sitting in a static position during long journeys increases your risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis.

When you’re cramped for long period of time, your blood flow slows causing it to collect unproportionally in your lower legs where a blood clot could form. Wearing our graduated compression socks can dramatically reduce your risk of developing DVT by preventing blood 'pooling' in the calf. 

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WHY DVT IS COMMON DURING LONG HAUL FLIGHTS?

When your body heals from a superficial injury (e.g. at skin level), your body's natural response is to form a blood clot to limit excess blood loss, and will dissolve when no longer needed. Alternately your body may form a harmless varicose or spider vein. However, the deeper the vein a clot occurs in, the more likely it is to remain intact. This is dangerous because if it reaches your heart and blocks an artery, it could rupture and cause a heart attack or stroke. If it enters your lungs, it could prevent you from breathing. When you’re seating on a long flight, you’re more likely to develop one in your lower legs, and these clots are prone to dislodging and entering high-risk areas. It only takes a four-hour flight for your risk to increase.

HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DVT WHILST FLYING

There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of developing DVT during flights. Regular movement and stretching, adequate hydration, and as little alcohol or sleeping tablets as possible are all effective, as is a brisk walk after landing. To drastically reduce your risk of DVT further, you can wear graduated compression socks as they prevent blood 'pooling' in your calf muscles.

It’s important to always seek medical advice before taking a long flight. For example, if you’re over 60 and have high blood pressure, smoke regularly or are pregnant you could be at increased risk. In such cases, your doctor might prescribe you appropriate medication, which can also be used in combination with compression stockings/socks.

Diane's TXG Sock Feedback

"They are great, stopped my legs from swelling and helped with my bad knee. I will always wear them now."

 

"I've been doing an Alpine tramp over Cascade Saddle in Aspiring National Park & I wore the TXG compression socks. They are great. Stopped my legs from swelling and helped with my bad knee. I endured no lactose build up in my calf muscles despite the very steep ascent and descent. I will always wear them now and have recommended them to my tramping friends."

Dianne Parker

Reena's TXG Sock Feedback

"After a long shift, my legs didn’t swell or even feel sore."

 

"After me being on my feet for 24 hours and wearing the TXG compression socks for that length of time; my legs didn’t swell or even feel sore. I wasn’t as physically tired either as I usually would be after working a 12-hour shift at the hospital. The socks are wonderful and far exceeded my expectations."

Reena Nandlal

Aroha's feedback on her TXG sleeves

"I love my arm and calf sleeves, they help me at hockey"

 

"I purchased some arm sleeves and calf sleeves and love them. Trialled them out last week during my many games of hockey and at an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament to see if they’ll help me at my next hockey tournament and I can safely say yes, I especially love the arm sleeves keeping my forearms from tightening which is so important when dribbling. They also help at the gym during any arm work where I grip tightly and my forearms tighten. Usually, I would fatigue and be forced to stop, but I get far more out of my arms."

Aroha Sakura

Paula's feedback on her TXG socks

"I am able to stand longer during the day and I am less tired at the end of the day."

 

"Before I started wearing them I would notice that I had a varicose vein that would stand out on my lower leg. I wear my socks all day and at the end of the day when I take them off, there is no vein standing out on my leg. The spider veins are still there but even those are less prominent too I am able to stand longer during the day as well. They are probably one of the best things I have bought."

Paula Roberts

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