There are many discussions around treatments for varicose veins, and most of them don’t work. The average American adult sits for 6 and a half hours every day. Causing blood circulation to slow down and increasing your chances of developing varicose veins.
There’s a simple activity you can do to improve blood circulation in your legs and help your varicose veins: elevating your legs!
Keep reading to learn exactly why elevating your legs helps with varicose veins.
We Can Thank Gravity
When you elevate your legs, you’re improving the circulation in your legs, and you get your blood moving in the right direction. Elevate your legs above your heart to give the veins the ability to counteract gravity. This will help the blood drain away from the veins, and you should notice a reduction in swelling and pain.
We can also thank gravity because elevating your legs reduces the pressure that gets built in your legs. To achieve the best results, raise your legs six to twelve inches higher than your heart and lay down in a comfortable position. Put pillows all down your legs and feet to support your legs in the right position comfortably.
Try to do this three to four times a day for around 15 minutes, and always wear loose-fitting clothing to ensure the best results. If your clothes are too tight, it’s not going to improve blood circulation at all and will instead compress your veins, causing more pain.
How to Incorporate Elevating Your Legs Into Your Schedule
Not only does elevating your legs during the day help with varicose veins, but it’s also good for your health. It’s recommended to walk away from your desk and computer screen for five minutes every hour.
This break is the perfect time to find a spot to lay and elevate your legs. Although it’s recommended to elevate your legs for 15 minutes at a time, even a little bit of relief is worth it during the day. On days that you’re not working,g be sure to follow all of the suggestions to achieve the best results.
When to Know When to See a Specialist
If your veins have changed color or are bulging, then you need to see a specialist. Also, if you’re experiencing a lot of pain and there doesn’t seem to be any relief, it’s time for you to see a specialist.
Take a look at these before and afters; if your veins start to look like the before photos, know that there is help available for you.
Treat Varicose Veins Today
Now that you know why elevating your legs helps be sure to include it in your daily routine!
If you’re ready to get rid of painful varicose veins, contact us and set up an appointment. Dr. Fadi Bacha, MD, is an expert in vein health and can’t wait to help you.