Monday, November 1, 2010
How to Prevent Varicose Veins with Compression Hose
Nobody wants varicose veins. They're unsightly, and worse,
can lead to aching or cramps at the veins site. There are
many simple ways to prevent varicose veins, most of which
people don't even realize and could be doing every day. Try
out the following preventative measures, before you find
yourself in need of varicose veins stockings.
You shouldn't be sitting all day, nor should you be standing
the whole time you're at work or school. Being in one
position for prolonged periods of time gives blood the
chance to pool, which is what leads to varicose veins. Kids
who go to school have an in-place schedule that lets them
move around every hour; however, most adults have jobs that
requires they sit for eight hours a day. Take a few breaks
throughout your shift and walk around for a few minutes at a
time to keep up your circulation. Also stretch your legs
while you sit, by flexing your ankles and toes.
Buy some compression hose.
If you have to be seated or standing for long periods of
time, without an opportunity to really get up and walk
around (say while driving or on a flight), wear compression
hose. They provide pressure on your legs, which keeps up the
blood flow to your heart.
Make sure you get enough exercise. Keeping your muscles in
motion will help reduce pressure; you'll also be able to
maintain an ideal body weight, further relieving excess
pressure on your limbs. If you don't already have an
exercise routine in place, start one, but start off slow.
Too much too soon can put too much strain on your muscles
and cause other injuries. Activities such as walking,
swimming, rowing and cycling are recommended.
Try to keep your legs up.
When you lie down to rest or sleep, try to keep your legs
elevated. They don't need to be way up in the air, just 6
inches to a foot above your heart level.
Avoid excessive heat when possible.
As much funs as Jacuzzis and hot tubs are, try to stay out
of them. They can contribute to enlargement of veins and
pooling of blood.
Switch to flats.
High heels can put unnecessary pressure on you lower legs,
so wear them sparingly. Overly-constricting pants can do
Try horse chestnut.
This herb has been shown to strengthen vein walls,
significantly lowering the chances of breaking and leaks.
Try 2 to 4 500mg capsules a day for maximum effect.
Keep good posture.
Whether you're sitting or standing, do it straight;
slouching increases pressure in your veins.
Avoid certain types of birth control.
Some high-estrogen birth control pills can weaken vein
valves. If you are thinking about going on the Pill or are
already on it, ask your doctor about this.
Keep these tips in mind and your chances of developing
varicose veins will be significantly reduced. Remember: the
easiest way to treat varicose veins is by preventing them.