Exercise to Treat Varicose Veins
Health Tips – People who have varicose veins in their legs sometimes are afraid to exercise, because they believe a physical exercise may worsen it. But a proper exercise can actually improve blood circulation through the legs, which help prevent and reduce varicose veins.
Any exercise that involves both legs are good to prevent spider veins (type of varicose veins), the best and most effective is to train the muscles of the lower calf. Varicose is the veins on the wall which are weak, causing a bulge above the skin surface.
Swimming, walking, cycling, jogging, or doing aerobics regularly can prevent varicose veins. And if you already have varicose veins, leg exercises are to help alleviate and reduce pain in the legs due to varicose veins.
As quoted from GeniusBeauty, Sunday (18/4/2010), the following exercise can improve leg strength and muscles, helps improve circulation and help prevent and reduce varicose veins:
1. Calf stretch
Doing this would require aerobic steps, benches or something short-stable, high and strong. Standing on the steps with both feet. The heel should be extended to the end of the ladder.
Increase your body using your toes and then lower your heels down the stairs. Perform this exercise near a wall for balance. Do it about 40 times, and with this exercise you can stretch the back calf muscle.
Lie on the floor on your back, hands to the side or below the buttocks. Lift legs and star pedaling, as if you are riding a bike. If you hold the lower legs, this exercise also works on the stomach.
Walking on tiptoe while working at home. This exercise may stretch your calf.
4. Walking in heels
This exercise is also simple and can be done at home while cleaning. This exercise is more effective for calf muscle strength.
5. Lift leg
Lie on the floor, hands to the side or below the buttocks. Press your lower back and buttocks to the floor. Lift one leg straight up and hold one foot remained on the floor, forming a perpendicular angle. Repeat with other foot switch positions. This exercise can improve circulation in the legs.
6. Knees bent
Lie on the floor. Pull one knee into chest, and the other remained on the floor. While still in this position, Flex foot. All movements should be done slowly and firmly. Then exchange the position with the other foot. This makes the whole leg muscles work.
7. Rest after exercise
It is recommended to elevate the feet about 15 to 30 cm above the heart after doing these exercises.
Apart from exercise, when frequently traveling or standing for long periods of time, do this resting techniques to prevent and reduce varicose veins.