Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins that are close to the surface of the skin which are caused by weakened valves and veins in the leg. In normal legs, the one way valves in the veins keep blood flowing from the legs to the heart. When these valves don’t work properly, blood begins to collect in the legs, and pressure builds up, leading to veins that are large and weak.
While they’re not usually a serious medical condition, varicose veins are unattractive and can be embarrassing. Because they typically show up on the legs, many sufferers may forgo wearing shorts or swimsuits during the summer in an attempt to hide their varicose veins from others.
Treatment for Varicose Veins
While surgery is sometimes called for in serious cases, there’s typically no need to take drastic action. Here are four ways that you can treat varicose veins without going under the knife:
Elevate those legs. Because varicose veins are the result of poor circulation, you can help your circulatory system by keeping your body on a horizontal plane. If you catch it early enough, elevating your legs may reduce your symptoms.
Wear support stockings. Specialized compression stockings help by placing pressure on the ankle and relaxing as they go up the leg. Studies have shown that compression stockings are helpful for treating varicose veins.
Lose weight. Obesity is a large factor in whether or not a person develops varicose veins. Proper diet and exercise will reduce the stress on your legs as well as decreasing your blood pressure, which will lessen the load on your veins.
Chiropractic care. Chiropractors are able to relieve tension by manipulating the neck and spine, but they can also relieve pressure that may be causing improper blood flow. Manipulating the pelvic bone may limit the pressure on varicose veins.
While there are many nonsurgical ways to treat varicose veins once they’ve been spotted, it’s simpler to prevent them from ever getting the chance to form. Healthy activities like watching your weight, exercising regularly, and receiving regular checkups from your chiropractor as well as your primary care physician are just a few of the ways that you can keep your legs free from varicose veins and your body operating at its peak performance level. And if you already have varicose veins, you now know how to treat them without surgery.
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