Compression. Compression is commonly used to address varicose veins. This technique works by applying gentle, sustained pressure on legs or other body parts to help prevent blood from pooling. Compression also assists the muscles in pushing blood back towards the heart. Compression hose or stockings are the most well-known types of compression. They are available commercially or by prescription from a doctor. Both types can be effective, depending on an individual’s needs. A doctor or other primary health care provider can help those with varicose veins determine the type and grade of pressure needed.