If you are suffering through pain caused by varicose veins, you are not alone. It’s estimated that 25 percent of women and 10 percent of all men develop varicose veins during their lifetime, which has led to some great ideas on how you can remedy the pain.
We here at Mindful Medical would like to share several home remedies that can postpone the development of varicose veins and reduce pain. Even those who enjoy healthy legs can benefit from these suggestions. Doing some of them regularly will lower your risk of developing varicose veins and help you feeling happier and healthier.
Home Remedies For Varicose Veins
A significant way to reduce the painful side effects of varicose veins is physical exercise. However, not everyone has the time to spend dedicated time each day at the gym to do aerobics, weight work or stretches. So, we have put together a list of things you can do around the house each day that will help you control the pain and save time simultaneously!
If you are experiencing any itching, burning or throbbing then consider trying a few of the following exercises for pain relief.
- Take short breaks. If your work requires you to be sitting most of the day, look for opportunities to get up and move around. Maybe shift a thing or two around so that not everything is within arm’s reach. Take several 5-minute breaks throughout the day to help restore good blood flow in your legs. And if you’re enjoying a program on television from a comfortable couch, find something to do during commercial breaks that involves getting up.
- Squat during the day. No, this doesn’t mean you have to do squats in the grocery store line. Instead, do some squats while your morning coffee is brewing or while your smoothie is blending! It helps get the blood pumping through your veins to avoid pooling and blood clots.
- Elevate your legs. Kick your shoes off and elevate your legs with your feet pointed up. When I say elevate your legs, I mean really elevate them. Lay on the ground with your legs vertical against the wall. Hold this position for several minutes until you feel the pressure leave your legs. This can be a very relaxing exercise before going to bed. Heck, even Yoga instructors have this exercise on the top of their lists!
- Get adequate rest. A tired body is less able to heal itself and it doesn’t do you any good to have your stresses accentuated by your tiredness either. Take good care of yourself by allowing your body to get the rest it needs.
- Stay active. Take an opportunity sometime during the morning or evening to take a short bike ride or brisk walk. 15 to 20 minutes is plenty of time to generate good blood circulation.
Give these suggestions a try. What have you got to lose? Just remember don’t sit and stew, go and do!
For persistent pain or unusual swelling, contact a medical professional immediately.
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