5 Myths about Compression Gear Debunked


In the massive cataclysm that is the internet, it can be a little hard to differentiate fact from fiction, especially when sources aren’t cited. How are we supposed to know which piece of information is real and which is just some word-of-mouth info that someone’s aunt posted on Facebook?

That’s where we come in! 

While we can’t help you fact-check everything, we can give you the facts (and debunk the fiction) about what we do best - compression gear. We’re going to get into the most commonly assumed myths about compression, and then bust ‘em. 

Hope you’re ready to have your mind blown, we’re diving right in with the most common myth: 

MYTH #1 - Compression Isn’t Backed by Science 

Let’s start with the easiest myth to debunk - that compression gear has no scientific basis. While it’s true that research regarding using compression for exercise and recovery is relatively new, it has gained enough attention to have ignited hundreds of studies. 

The Truth: It’s the real deal!

There are a lot of hypotheses surrounding the science of compression, but it has generally been agreed upon that compression is a legitimate way to ease swelling, soreness, aches, and promote blood flow.
But don’t take our word for it, check these articles from the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, and even the National Institute of Health

In fact, compression has so many scientifically backed testimonials that we can fill up this whole sentence with reliable sources

To sum it up, we’ve got science on our side. Sure, we’re a little biased - we love our product. The facts don’t lie!
If you’re still curious or a little skeptical, check out our other blog that goes into a little further detail about the efficacies of compression

MYTH #2 - Compression Gear Cuts Off Circulation

So, we’ve got the science - what about the actual product?  How can it be comfortable and functional at the same time? If it compresses enough to reduce swelling, wouldn’t it compress enough to cut off blood flow? 


The Truth: Compression fabric is designed to be comfortable, not constricting.

The purpose of compression is to provide pressure and relief, not just one or the other. Our compression fabric is designed to be tight, but not tight enough to constrict your movements. 

To go into further detail, the gentle tightness is enough to push out excess blood and fluid, prompting a speedy recovery and stimulated blood flow - but not enough to cut the blood flow off entirely. It’s the perfect combo! 

Copper Compression has specifically designed gear with movement in mind. Check out our PowerKnit knee sleeves, elbow sleeves, and arch support bands specifically - they’re perfect for any active lifestyle. 

MYTH #3 - Compression Gear Can Be Used to Treat Varicose Veins or Ulcers

It’s easy to start to wonder what else compression gear might be able to treat, including more surface-level issues, such as bruises, varicose veins, and leg ulcers. But... 

The Truth: There is no evidence that compression can be used to treat ulcers or varicose veins.
However, compression can lessen some of the side effects from the conditions that cause ulcers and varicose veins.

Compression therapy shouldn’t be used to make varicose veins, ulcers, or bumps disappear - it just won’t work. But, as stated above, compression therapy can help provide relief for some of the conditions that can have these physical side effects. Here are just a few of the conditions that compression therapy can treat: 

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

  • Diabetes

  • Blood clotting 

  • Swelling

  • Pregnancy side effects

  • Post-surgery side effects

…And those are just a few. Here’s an article that lists even more conditions that can be treated with compression gear

MYTH #4 - Compression Gear Can Only Be Worn in the Cold 

Another popular assumption about compression fabric is that it can make you sweaty and uncomfortable, especially in the heat. In fact, it’s even speculated that compression gear can keep you warm in the cold. However…

The Truth: Compression fabric is super light, moisture-wicking, and breathable. It’s perfect for warm weather, or cold (with other layers, of course).

Compression fabric is typically designed for movement and activity, and for this reason is constructed to be light and stretchy. Our compression gear goes above and beyond normal comfort with moisture-wicking material that soaks up sweat to keep you dry and odor-free. 

You can also wear any compression gear under your clothes for a little extra layering during colder months, or when you’re out walking/jogging. The fabric is light, mind you, so it’s not a huge heat boost - but it can’t hurt to layer up with some gear!

MYTH #5 - Compression Gear is Only for Older Generations

Finally, we’re at the myth that everyone is thinking - that compression gear is only used to treat conditions and ailments that affect older folks. Yes, compression gear is often given as a therapy to those in the 60+ age bracket, but that isn’t the whole story: 

The Truth: Compression gear is for everyone, from kids to athletes to the elderly (and everyone in between). 

Compression therapy is used for every lifestyle and occasion that could use a little extra support. Whether you’re an athlete who needs some solid support, a kid who needs a carpal tunnel brace, or just someone who just needs relief from everyday aches and pains, compression gear is for you! 

Compression therapy is everywhere these days, so don’t feel like you won’t fit in with the compression crowd. 

Final Thoughts

We hope this clears a few things up! We’re here to bust myths and spread the word about how copper-infused compression can really help you in your day-to-day life, so feel free to check back for new updates, info, and facts by looking at our blog. Oh, and don’t forget to look at our website for upcoming deals and new products!

Stay informed out there!