Exercise and varicose veins

Do’s and Don’ts – Quick exercises to improve your circulation

Varicose veins are common. Vein professionals roughly estimate that it affects 22 million women and 11 million men who are between the ages of 40 and 80 years old. There are do’s and dont’s when it comes to living every day with varicose veins.  First off, varicose veins are not simply a cosmetic issue. Vein disease causes dull aches, swelling and leg fatigue, as well as cramping and itchiness near the bulging veins. More serious symptoms include skin discoloration, severe dryness, ulcers and dangerous blood clots called deep vein thrombosis.

Getting Help

It is important to seek treatment if you are experiencing varicose veins. This disease will get worse and more significant with age. A consultation with a vein specializing physician is necessary to prevent the more severe symptoms involved with varicose veins. There are however, certain exercises that an affected person can do to improve circulation and slow the process of vein disfunction.

Do’s and Don’ts with Vein Exercises

Exercise plays an important role in Cardiovascular health. With these aching, swollen, painful veins, it is difficult to fight the fatigue that occurs when trying to stay active. Varicose veins are most commonly genetic, but they appear because of a lack of circulation in veins. What exercise can help do is increase circulation and improve blood flow. The extra muscle strength will also diminish pain, discomfort and swelling.  

Starting a walking or jogging routine will increase movement in the muscles of your legs which in turn assists the valves in vein walls to pump blood back up to the heart. Bicycling is also a less straining exercise that helps blood flow. If you haven’t yet received treatment for varicose veins, it is wise to use compression stockings while performing your daily cardio. That being said, compression stockings are also necessary immediately after surgery for a short period of time.  If you want to be involved in more high paced or high impact exercises, consult a physician and inquire if that is an option for your particular situation. Dr Sassan Kaveh at Alpha Vein Clinic can provide information on do’s and don’ts in your first consultation.

Go easy on yourself, but try these other exercises for healthy happy leg veins.

  • Leg Lifts – Lay flat on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Blood can run back up and down the leg.
  • Bicycle Legs – Again, lay flat on the floor on your back. Raise your legs, bent at the knee, and begin “pedaling” as if you were on a bike. This exercise is great for muscle movement throughout the whole leg.
  • Calf Raises – Start by standing with your feet together and straighten out your legs. Raise your heels simultaneously to stimulate the calf muscles.

Switching up your lifestyle
Lifestyle changes do help. As much as change can be unsettling, it is not difficult to take some steps to a healthier lifestyle. Trying these routines helps circulation, muscle and vein strength. But exercise also helps affected people achieve a healthy weight. Excess weight can put extra strain on your legs and is a major risk factor for varicose veins. Visit the homepage of Alpha Vein Clinic’s website or call  (702) 430 7661 to set up your first appointment with Dr. Kaveh. Seeing the compassionate staff at Alpha Vein will simply provide you with the knowledge you need, and hope for a more simple life.

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