FLIGHT socks are a clever way to ward off some of the negative effects of flying, simply by squeezing our legs.
The science behind the socks is quite simple – by applying gentle pressure to the muscles in our lower legs, they can increase blood flow and in turn reduce the chances of getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT) oedemas and other problems.
However, it's not a foolproof system and people can still get issues relating to blood flow during flights, even while wearing the socks.
So sportswear manufacturers Kymira claim to have further developed the technology to decrease the negative effects of plane travel on people's bodies.
By incorporating infrared technology into their flight socks, available for £35, they say that they can target problem areas, minimise the chances of life-threatening problems and even stave off the effects of jet lag.
Kymira's founder Tim Brownstone told Sun Online Travel: "It's a targeted method that increases blood flow in problem areas and has been shown to reduce pain.
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"The trouble with standard compression socks is that, while they may reduce chances of oedema, for things like flights or indeed just being sedentary for a long period of time, if you're not personally activating the calf muscle, it doesn't do a huge amount.
"They're just designed to help that muscle be more effective and bring blood back up to the heart, but with Kymira socks, we use our infrared technology, which actually causes the blood vessels to open up and dilate, allowing blood to flow more freely, as well as giving them the standard compression that you would expect from a normal flight slot.
"The real big benefit is that you can get the effects of being active, like you would from rolling your ankles or going for a walk, while being completely sedentary, because the socks are causing that dilation. And that's where the big difference comes in."
By increasing blood flow with the infrared technology, the socks are also able to minimise the effects of jet lag.
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