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How Long Should You Wear Compression Gloves?

How long should you wear compression gloves?

How Long Should You Wear Compression Gloves?

All Your Questions About Compression Gloves Answered!

If you have arthritis or other condition that causes pain in your hands, you know how uncomfortable your hands can become. Along with the pain, you may experience stiffness and even joint swelling. Cold may make your hands ache. You may have tried hand warmers, hand massages or even wearing gloves indoors without relief. 

Searching for a solution, you’ve probably come across something called compression gloves and wondered just what they are or how to use them. We’re answering the questions you have about compression gloves and how they can help bring relief to those aching hands!

What are compression gloves?

Compression gloves are gloves specially designed to provide warmth and gentle pressure to the hand and joints. This pressure, or compression, helps to increase blood flow to the hands and improve circulation to remove lactic acid and other substances that can increase inflammation and pain.  

I’ve never heard of compression. Is it something new?

Not at all. Compression has been used since ancient times to treat pain and swelling from injuries and to promote healing. You may be familiar with the acronym R.I.C.E. It is an approach to treating injuries that you’ll often hear discussed in a basic first aid class. R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. The R.I.C.E. protocol is generally recommended by healthcare professionals for the early treatment of bone injuries or soft tissue injuries such as strains and sprains, and various sports injuries. It is also sometimes used to treat the pain and swelling associated with degenerative joint diseases. 

How exactly does compression work?

When applied, compression gently increases the pressure in the tissue under the skin. This pressure promotes circulation and blood flow, moving excess fluid that can cause swelling from the tissues and back into blood vessels. This process can reduce pain and inflammation, and promote healing.

Does the compression from the arthritis glove hurt? 

The gloves provide a gentle pressure to the hand. It is not painful. The sensation of pressure can take some time to get used to. There is such as thing as too much compression. You want your gloves to be snug but not uncomfortably so. 

Who can benefit from wearing compression gloves?

While there is no single answer, compression gloves can potentially help anyone who experiences discomfort in their hands and needs extra warmth or support. People who experience pain, swelling or stiffness in their hands as a result of an injury or disease process such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA) may benefit from the effects of compression. Studies have found compression to be an effective part of the management of symptoms and facilitate healing for many conditions. 

How long should I wear compression gloves? 

For some people, the sensation of pressure is new. It can take some time to adjust to the feeling of the gloves and to doing your normal activities in them. In the beginning, you can wear your gloves for short periods of time and gradually increase the time as you get more comfortable. It is generally recommended that gloves not be worn for more than 8 hours. Gloves can be worn overnight. It is always best to consult your doctor regarding your specific needs. 

Do compression gloves really work?

Compression gloves are not a “cure” but they can help reduce pain, stiffness, swelling and even aid in healing after injury. Research has shown that people who used compression gloves experienced significant improvements in their pain, swelling, and stiffness in their hands. 

Are compression gloves right for me?

It depends. While compression gloves have been helpful for many people, the degree to which they may help any one person can vary. Many people find great relief. Hand discomfort can occur for many reasons. If you’re experiencing hand discomfort, it is important to find out why.   

If you’re not sure of compression gloves are right for your situation, it’s ok to ask your healthcare provider for guidance. 

Do I need a prescription?

No. Compression gloves are available without a prescription. Classy Pal has recently introduced a line of compression gloves that can be ordered online and safely delivered directly to you. 

Can I still do my daily activities while wearing compression gloves?

In most cases, yes! Some gloves may be more bulky than others so you want to check out your options. You want to choose a glove that is functional and practical. Classy Pal offers compression gloves made of a high-density cotton spandex fabric that provides the compression you need and moves with you. You can still do the things you enjoy whether it’s knitting, crafting, running errands or cooking. 

How do I choose the right gloves for me?

Not every glove is right for every person. Materials, fit, and styles may vary quite a bit. Some things to consider when choosing your compression gloves might be:

  • Fit – Different gloves will fit differently. If you are shopping online, make sure you check the size chart to determine your best fit. You want to choose a glove that is snug but not uncomfortable. 
  • Fingers or no fingers? – Most compression gloves are fingerless. This style affords better range of motion and flexibility. Some people prefer full finger gloves for overnight. 
  • Style – Materials and styles can vary quite a bit. Choosing a glove should fit your needs and your personal style. Classy Pal’s compression gloves are made from a high-density cotton spandex and come in two styles – a neutral gray perfect for any occasion and, for the fashionista, a stylish and sophisticated black lace. 
  • Compression Level – Not all compression is created equal. Look for a glove that offers a comfortable, supportive level of compression. Avoid gloves that are too tight as too much compression can create discomfort. 
  • Fabric – Choose a fabric that offers breathability and moisture-wicking. You may be wearing your gloves for as long as 8 hours at a time. You want to be comfortable and not be worried about sweaty hands. Also look for fabric that is supportive yet flexible and gentle to the skin. Look for gloves that are made of washable, easy care fabrics. 

Compression gloves are a great way to manage hand discomfort while still being able to do the things you love to do every day. Pain and discomfort do not have to stop you from being active.

When you’re ready to choose compression gloves for yourself or a loved one, Classy Pal is ready to help.

We offer compression gloves in styles, fabrics and sizes sure to meet your needs. Our site has a simple sizing guide and instructions for measuring your hand. If you need help, our friendly customer service team is happy to help you choose just the right glove. 

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