Monday, September 30, 2013

A few more ways to ease venous symptoms at home

In our last post we discussed a number of ways to alleviate the pain and discomfort of venous disease right away. Here are four more ways to make your legs feel better and prevent the progression of symptoms.

1.  Walk. Walking causes the rhythmic contraction of calf muscles and helps promote blood flow to the heart. Walk at least 30 minutes every day – all at once, or in shorter increments. 

2.  Take a break. Take frequent walking breaks to avoid sitting or standing for periods of more than two hours.

3.  Wear compression stockings. Wearing compression stockings purchased from your pharmacy will help promote the flow of blood when you are flying, on your feet for long periods, or carrying heavy loads.

4.  Know your history. Women with a family history of vein disorders, or those who have relatives with varicose veins, should wear compression stockings during menarche and menopause, and during pregnancy – most importantly, during the first trimester.

If you are experiencing signs of venous disease, such as spider veins, or swelling or pain in the leg, considering seeking professional help. A vein specialist certified in the field of phlebology (the branch of medicine that deals with vein health and diseases) 
can evaluate your vein problems and offer a range of treatments, whether a minimally invasive procedure, or a more conservative approach.

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