Health Benefits of Tights/Pantyhose
If we look back at the history of tights we can see that tights were a neccessary garment. Tights/legcovering were need in order to protect the legs from the elements. On mildly or moderately cold days, tights/pantyhose help keep the legs warm for those wearing skirts or dresses. Above all pantyhose hide blemishes or scars on the legs, leg hair stubble and varicose veins. On cold dry days, pantyhose can help prevent the legs from becoming too dry. Some companies regard wearing skirts or shorts without pantyhose as unprofessional and thus require people who wear skirts or shorts to work to also wear pantyhose or sheer tights.
Dark tights/pantyhose, and black tights in particular, can create the illusion of slimmer legs. Another flip side depends on the wearer's skin tone - dark tights/stockings shows runs when worn over light skin, whilst lighter hose show water spots flipped up from the heel after walking in the rain. Whilst, as detailed below, the material is not absorbent, it is quick drying (for example after walking in the rain/being splashed by traffic).
Support tights or support stockings can greatly add tired legs. Regulating blood circulation in the legs, it helps those who work on their feet by preventing/helping varicose veins and resolving pain in the back and legs.
Support Tights are also used to supporting the tire legs of football players, or so I ear.
Flight tights also know as flight stockings or compression tights are a necessity if you are planning to fly. Because there is up to 25% less oxygen in aircraft cabins than our bodies are used to, oxygen starvation is a key factor in jet lag - together with the impact of long haul on our internal “clock”.
Now the Aviation Health Institute - the world's first independent non-profit body dealing with aviation health issues - has recommended travellers wear the tights to combat jet lag.
Flight tights aka Compression tights increase the flow of oxygenated blood back to the heart by up to 30% by putting pressure on specific muscles.
A study of Qantas pilots and passengers, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, said wearing Skins' T&R tights significantly improved circulation and decreased leg pain.
Elite athletes there use the Skins Travel and Recovery tights, endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
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