When you think about compression clothing, you might immediately think of high-performance athletes. Here at PGP Health we’ve dedicated years of research into innovative compression clothing for both athletes and people who want to improve their overall health.
Read on for some information and tips about compression clothing, and how our products could help you.
What is compression clothing?
Compression clothes are tight-fitting garments constructed from stretch fabric, designed to apply pressure to specific areas of the body. Compression garments are typically socks, leggings and bike shorts – or, in the case of PGP Health – vests.
Who should wear compression clothing?
While most compression clothing is made for athletes, here at PGP Health we know that almost everyone can benefit from compression therapy – whether to improve circulation or overall wellbeing.
How does compression clothing work?
Compression clothing’s robust high-tension fabric and panelling applies pressure to the body, helping to improve blood flow to muscles and organs, reduce fluid retention and aid in your body’s recovery.
The focus of PGP Health’s compression clothing is the torso, with our vests’ panelled design targeting specific areas of the lower abdomen horizontally and vertically. This unique compression technology aims to improve digestive function and support the spine – two core tenets of our wellbeing.
The Fabric Used
Typically, the fabric used to construct compression clothing is a blend of nylon and spandex, with the percentages adjusted depending on the level of compression required.
Our VC1 and SPV Health Vests are made from liquid titanium fabric, which is soft to touch and retains a high level of four-way stretch for maximum durability. Liquid titanium is also warming which can help to boost metabolism.
Compression clothing health benefits
Whether you’re a full time athlete or just looking to improve your overall health, compression clothing has several benefits.
Compression clothing can help to improve athletic performance by increasing blood flow and oxygen delivery to the muscles. Your muscles need oxygen to be at their optimum and most efficient. Increased blood flow also helps with lactic acid build up (which is what gives you that ‘jelly’ feeling after a workout.)
PGP Health’s SPV vest is designed with athletes in mind, and its unique compression technology aids in muscle recovery, along with increasing metabolic rate for better sports performance overall.
Compression clothes can also help to speed up recovery after exercise. The improved blood flow and oxygen delivery to the muscles can help to reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, and can also help to remove waste products from the muscles more quickly, which can speed up the recovery process.
Compression clothing may be useful if you’re starting to exercise again after recovering from an injury, as they help prevent muscle pain during recovery.
Reduced injury risk
When we exercise, our muscles vibrate. In general, compression clothing can help to reduce the risk of injury, through reducing muscle vibration during exercise.
The unique positioning and design of the PGP Health Vest’s panelling and four-way stretch fabric supports and protect your torso’s muscles, ligaments, and discs so you can feel secure whether you’re exercising or not.
The gentle compression of blood vessels close to the surface of the skin assists in blood traveling back to your heart. This is a benefit for those wanting to increase their sports performance, or to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Compression clothing can also be beneficial for improving circulation during long flights, or when standing for long periods of time.
Bad posture can not only be painful, it can also lead to other issues like poor balance, headaches and digestive issues. Compression clothing, particularly compression vests, can help to adjust your posture gradually by supporting the upper and lower back.
Both the VC1 and SPV Health Vests are designed with a double layer back panel to support the upper back, and elasticated fabric to draw the shoulders back and to keep the spine straight.
Improved GI function
While this isn’t the case for your usual compression clothing, PGP Health’s compression vests have been designed with gut health in mind. Our first-of-its-kind design promotes better digestive function in mind, through gently lifting and compressing the gastrointestinal tract.
This compression helps with blood flow to the organs and reduced fluid and toxin build up, naturally.
When should I wear compression clothing?
Traditionally, compression clothing is made to be worn during exercise or physical activity – such as cycling, sports, running or weightlifting – along with during periods of rest and recovery.
Our new Health Vests here at PGP, however, has been designed to support overall gut health and posture, along with muscle recovery, and are suitable for daily wear and comfortable enough to wear during work and exercise.
About PGP Health
PGP Health is a company based in Melbourne, Australia, who focus on developing medical compression products using high textile fabrics. PGP Health has been developed by real medical professionals, with a combined passion for holistic wellness and textile technology.
Our new category of active health wear is the first product to market that lifts the gastrointestinal tract and supports healthy gut function—without supplements or medication.
It’s our mission to support wellbeing holistically, by allowing your body to heal itself.
About our products
VC1 – Compression Vest
The PGP Health VC1 is designed to gently lift and compress the gastrointestinal tract to support overall gut health, while improving posture to help you feel better – naturally.
- Designed for maximum compression to support healthy gut function and posture
- Suitable for daily wear with adjustable Velcro support belt for your comfort
- Powerful mesh panels work horizontally and vertically to target lower abdomen to promote better gastrointestinal function and detoxification
SPV – Sports Performance Vest
The PGP Sports Performance Vest uses compression technology designed to enhance sports performance through aiding muscle recovery, restoring lactic acid levels and increasing metabolic rate.
- Scientifically designed to support strength/endurance training and overall muscle toning
- Enhances blood flow and circulation to organs and muscles, assisting in nutrient absorption and digestive function
- Holds and compresses core to support gut health and improve posture