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Frequently asked questions at the Miami Marathon ExpoFebruary 07, 2014

 
 

 

Frequently asked questions

We had a great time at the Miami Marathon Nissan Expo this year and enjoyed talking to all the people that stopped by our booth. THANK YOU!!! A lot of the visitors had very good questions; so we have gathered some of the most frequently asked, which were mostly about compression garments and Lurbel products. If you have a question that is not here or would like to add any comments please contact us.

 

What does compression clothing do? How does it work?

Compression has been used in the medical field for over 50 years to reduce inflammation or treat certain circulatory disorders. You have probably heard of the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) regime, to treat acute musculoskeletal injuries.

In sports, compression garments have become increasingly popular in the last 8 to 10 years because they enhance blood flow and improve oxygenation to the targeted muscle group, maintaining the muscles warm and reducing the probability of injuries. Additionally, compression garments help remove lactic acid, hence you are less likely to feel soared after exercise.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Unfortunately I have spoken to many people that made the mistake of choosing a compression garment made by an inexperienced or new manufacturer. A nice young lady confessed that a compression socks she bought fell apart where the sock and the calf section of the garment come together…. A well designed and built compression garment is supposed to provide you with the benefits described above. However, BEWARE that there are many new companies that do not have the expertise or have made the necessary investments in R & D to develop an efficient and precise compression garment. At compression clothing store we only carry products that we have tested and know that provide the benefits claimed by the manufacturer. We will slowly expand our selection of products, for now we carry one of the best brands in the world, Lurbel. This company has been in business for over 25 years and has worked together with athletes, colleges and doctors, as well as textile industry associations, in order to develop precise and effective compression garments, which incorporate the latest technologies and most advanced materials available.

What do you recommend compression calf sleeves or compression socks? Do you wear compression socks and calf sleeves during or after the run?

It is really a personal choice. I use both. Here are my personal recommendations:

- Use compression calf sleeves and a good pair of socks while running. I wear socks called running and the ultra or racing calf sleeves. If I am going for a short run I may just put on compression socks (trail plus or reactive). Lurbel compression socks include both compression technology in the calf section (that is why they are almost knee high) and BMAX technology in the foot piece. Bmax is a unique and innovative technology developed by Lurbel based on the combination of Regenactiv® Technology (interaction of two fibers known for their antimicrobial ability to keep skin in optimum condition during intensive) sport and the innovative protection system (ESP), which offers cushioning in the areas of the foot exposed to the most friction during exercise.

- I have an extra pair of calf sleeves that I put on after I shower. I like wearing tighter calf sleeves post exercise and I happen to be lucky because I am in between medium and large, so I use large when I am running and medium after exercise. Many runners that I know or I have spoken to just like wearing calf sleeves or compression socks after and not during they exercise. Once again, this is your personal preference. One of the benefits that compression calf sleeves provide is that they reduce vibration to the muscle from foot contact on ground (pavement), so I highly recommend you wear them while running. I suffer from shin splints and the calf sleeves have helped tremendously.

- If I have pushed myself especially hard on a given day, I like to wear compression socks specially designed for recovery; hence their (very original) name recovery. This pair of socks can also be used by pregnant women that are suffering from swollen ankles and feet, travelers who are going to be in a long flight or people who stand for extended periods of time (i.e. store clerk, police officer, waiter, salesperson, etc.).

 

Why is Lurbel better than other brands?

The company that manufactures Lurbel garments has been in operations for over 25 years. Over this long period of time they have been able to acquire significant experience through testing of their garments. Compression garments are highly technical and therapeutic, so they must be carefully developed and measured. During all these years in operations, Lurbel has worked together with:

  • The Center for Sport and Physical Activity Research, part of the University of Alicante (GICAFDE, for its acronym in Spanish).
  • Performance and Applied Sports Biomechanics Research Institute (GIBD, for its acronym in Spanish), part of the University of Valencia.
  • Aitex (Textile Research Institute of Valencia)
  • The Spanish Podiatric Sports Medicine Center.
  • Doctors, like Dr. Juan Manuel Cortell Tormo, who is also a very active athlete (triathlon).

Aside from the compression attained through the structure and materials with which the garment is built, Lurbel also incorporates FIRTech technology. The first layer of fabric is a polyamide that contains natural mineral additives that convert the naturally occurring thermo energy of your body into Far Infrared Rays (FIR). FIRs are reflected back to the body causing a deep and gentle heat that penetrates the tissues profoundly and enhance elasticity and shorten your warm-up phase. FIRs are known to expand capillaries which stimulate increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation.

The benefits of far infrared rays are not a new discovery. Back in the 80s the NASA did extensive research on the subject and reached the conclusion that “infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flights”. Other benefits reported on the use of FIR heat are: decrease in joint stiffness, relief of muscle spasms, pain relief, increased blood flow, healing of soft tissue injuries, etc.

Finally, in my personal view there is an important factor to consider that is frequently overlooked by many consumers. At Compression Clothing Store we REALLY care about people and have very strong values. I do not support large corporations and multinationals that do not respect human rights and do not provide excellent working conditions for their employees.

We visited Lurbel state-of-the-art facilities in Spain, employees do not work overtime and they are all like family. Most of them do sports and utilize the products. Furthermore, all Lurbel products meet the highest quality standards and have the ISO 9000 Certification, the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification and the Made in Green certificate, which attests that the products are free of harmful substances and that the goods have been manufactured respecting the environment and the workers human rights.

 

Do I pick a smaller size if I want to feel more compression?

No. Compression garments are carefully measured to provide you with the optimal level of compression,so you must use our sizing guide to find the size appropriate for you. That being said, if you are sort of in between sizes you could pick whether you prefer a tighter fit or not. Keep in mind that compression calf sleeves tend to be difficult to put on and the smaller it is the more difficult it will be. Remember, if they are not hard to put on, they may not be a well-designed garment or providing you with the level of compression needed.  

 

I have never worn compression before; can I use it during the race (tomorrow)? I don’t want to change anything for the race?

I don’t recommend you change anything before a race if you are not convinced or feel unsure about doing so. Running is very mental and you don’t want to be questioning your decision to wear something new in the middle of your race. You certainly want to be 100% comfortable and confident before your competition.

Personally I DO NOT think that a new pair of socks or calf sleeves is going to hurt you. On the opposite, it will help you tremendously. It is not like a new pair of shoes that you need to break in…. The same goes for compression shorts. Lurbel garments are seamless and specially designed to be breathable, allow free movement, prevent or avoid scuffing, etc. I wear calf sleeves when I run and they have helped me tremendously with shin splints.

 

How many hours can I wear it?

There really is no limit to the number of hours that you can wear compression. It will also depend on the reason for wearing it and the level of compression. I wear compression calf sleeves or socks during my run and I wear them for a few hours after exercising. My sister in law (who is now pregnant – god bless) wears compression socks (recovery) at night and while sleeping. This has worked well for her. Typically the opposite is recommended though, wear compression socks during the day and take them off at night.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: The answer assumes you are using a Lurbel garment. You must make sure you are wearing a garment that was carefully designed by a company that knows what they are doing. Compression garments are therapeutic and I can assure you that cheap or non-tested garments will not provide you with any benefits and may even be harmful).

 

I am concerned that the calf sleeve may make me feel too hot?

Lurbel’s compression garments are built with cool-tech technology. This technology is based on a multichannel synthetic yarn that offers optimal breathability and moisture wicking properties, keeping your skin feeling dry and comfortable.

The compression calf sleeves and arm sleeves also have FIRTech technology. The first layer of fabric has a natural mineral component that turns your body heat into far infrared rays that bounce back to your muscles. Far infrared rays are waves of energy, totally invisible to the naked eye, capable of penetrating deep into the human body. The feeling of warmth you may sense when you are wearing the calf sleeves is one of nurturing and comfort.

 

How do I wash my Lurbel compression calf sleeves, shorts, socks…?

Instructions are in the tags or the inside of the garment (i.e. shorts). All products are machine washable, just wash with a mild detergent and cold water. Hang up to dry, do not put in dryer.