Self-Healing of Varicose Veins

| September 23, 2015 | Reply

by The Whiteley Clinic Team

Varicose veins have been getting more and more attention as a cosmetic condition over the last few years. These bulbous purple veins affect more women than men, though the idea that only women are affected is a common misconception. Varicose veins can affect anyone and because they’re widely considered unsightly can cause a knock to your self-confidence and self-image. Unfortunately because of several misconceptions about how varicose veins are formed, most people don’t realise how easy they are to treat.

varicose veinBy and large, there seems to be the idea that exercise makes varicose veins worse. While this is true for some exercises – weightlifting and other high impact sports for example – there are plenty of exercises and stretches which can help improve your venous health. However, as important as stretching and self-healing are, it’s worth noting at this point that if you’re experiencing any pain with this condition then your problem is not simply cosmetic. If this is the case, your condition is considered a medical problem and you should seek treatment and advice from specialists like those at The Whiteley Clinic. This pain could be an early indicator of much more pressing issues such as deep vein thrombosis and so should be addressed as soon as possible.

In order to work on any given problem it’s important to know how the problem came about. Varicose veins are caused by weak vein walls and valves making it difficult for your body to pump blood to towards your heart. As a result, gravity causes blood to pool in your legs, building the internal pressure of your veins, causing them to swell into the varicose veins we’re all familiar with. Moderate exercise at this point can help relieve the pressure and the aching that comes with the condition. Low impact exercises which improve leg strength and tone will help improve local circulation, reducing the pressure on your weakened veins. Walking for 30 minutes per day, five days a week is a good start, but cycling or using the elliptical machine at the gym are great exercises which will help get quicker results. These let you work on your calf muscles without putting pressure on your joints or bones, helping you build muscle tone without causing pain.

Standing Calf StretchStretching is another good way to self-treat varicose veins. Just like the gentle exercises, proper stretching can promote efficient blood circulation, reducing the pressure on your weakened veins. As a result, many of the stretches associates with yoga can have beneficial effects on your varicose veins symptoms. If you’re new to yoga, simple stretches such as lying on your back with your legs on the wall can help. Put your feet together and hold this position for 30 seconds before slowly moving your legs apart – hold this stretch for a further 30 seconds before repeating. This will help you work with gravity to stop blood from pooling in your legs while also increasing circulation to the legs and hips. If you don’t have the time to stop and do a whole yoga routine, simple calf stretching, tip-toeing and even walking on your heels around the house will help stretch your calves, letting you alleviate your symptoms a little at a time.

A more advanced stretch you can do is known in yoga circles as ek pada supravirsana – start by sitting down with your legs stretched out in front of you and put your hands behind you. Bend your right leg behind you and lean back until your elbows touch the floor and hold for 30 seconds. If you can lie down from here, great! If not, take it one step at a time – you can work up to it over time. Repeat this stretch with the other leg, holding each stretch for 30 seconds. This will stretch the abdomen and hips, all of which will help relieve the pressure in your varicose veins.


With all this in mind, you should have plenty of stretches to try at home or the gym to start working on your varicose veins. Just remember that if your veins become a painful problem, there are minimally invasive procedures which can safely and effectively treat your problem before it develops any further.

Author Bio: The Whiteley Clinic is a private medical facility specialising in the treatment of a number of venous conditions, including varicose veins. Since introducing EVLA to the UK back in 1999, The Whitely Clinic has gone on to perform more than 20,000 minimally invasive procedures, treating a number of venous conditions in the process. Despite being based in the UK, The Whitely Clinic is widely recognised in the international medical community for their work in developing innovative clinical techniques such as TRLOP (Transluminal Occlusion of Perforating veins)



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