CORRELATION BETWEEN SITTING AND VENOUS STASIS
Causes of venous stasis include long periods of immobility that can be encountered from driving, flying, sitting or standing. How long do the effects last?
How can I help take care of myself before venous stasis?
- Keep your legs up as much as possible when you are resting
- Avoid long periods of sitting or standing. Walking is better for blood flow. When you are sitting, avoid crossing your legs or dangling your legs over the edge of a chair or bed.
- If you must sit for a long time, point and lift your toes 10 to 15 times every 30 minutes to keep working your calves. This is especially important if you are traveling. If possible, get up and walk for at least a few minutes every 1 to 2 hours to help your muscles move the blood out of your legs.
- Keep a healthy weight. If you are overweight, try to lose some weight.
- If you have compression stockings, wear them during the day. (This needs to be prescribed by your doctor)
Prolonged sitting puts excessive pressure on your legs, causing the veins to stop working properly. The blood needs to flow from the feet back to the heart. The veins in the legs have small valves that help to push the blood against gravity. When you sit this flow becomes blocked and starts to pool in the veins. This puts pressure on the veins, causing the valves to become weak. This is called venous insufficiency.
Your body is designed to move. When you sit too long every day, even a good workout cannot counteract the effects. Most adults in the U.S. sit for nine or ten hours each day. This may seriously affect your overall health. When you get enough exercise, your blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides are processed properly. You decrease your risk of obesity and diabetes. More fatty acids can clog your heart because your muscles are burning less fat.
Long-term sitting also causes venous insufficiency. While standing requires 20 percent more energy than sitting, it can cause veins to overwork, causing weakness.
If you are beginning to develop vein problems, you may have some symptoms before any venous stasis starts to show. The symptoms include:
- A heavy feeling in the lower legs
- Muscle aching and cramping
- Pain that increases after sitting for long periods
- Itching for no apparent reason around one or more veins
- Ulcers or sores that erupt near the ankle and lower leg
- Brown pigmentation on the feet and lower leg
- A rash around the ankles
At the Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas, we offer several non-invasive treatments for venous stasis and Leg pain. Call us today to schedule your appointment at (702) 430 7661 to learn more and schedule your first step in relief from vein and leg pain.
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