Practical advices for the prevention and treatment of vein conditions

One of the most important predisposing factors for the appearance of vein insufficiency is the heredity, which unfortunately cannot change. Notwithstanding, there are some measures that help prevent or improve the appearance of already developed spider veins.

Reverse position of the legs

Placing the legs in a reverse position is by far the best you can do to aid the normal circulation of the blood in the legs. It leads to significant improvement of the symptoms and the edema that are linked with vein insufficiency. though though it is not easy for someone to apply such a position. Most sitting arrangements do not allow enough space for the legs to be in a reverse position, and it is even more difficult for patients that have a desk position. It is very important if you suffer from vein insufficiency to try to lift your legs higher than the point of your hips as frequently as possible during the day.

  • When you sit in a chair or the couch you can situate your legs on a stool in front of you.
  • When you’re in the office you have to always use a footstool.
  • It is ascension when you work for many hours in the office to try to have breaks every 30 to 40 minutes and work for five minutes around your office. That way the blood from the veins empties from the vein pools and the blood is pushed to the heart are using the pressure from the veins of the legs.
  • The same thing applies in the case of standing for a prolonged period of time. A five minute walk every 30 to 40 minutes maintains the pressure in the veins lower by using the same mechanism.
  • At night and during sleep hours it is recommended that you put pillows under your legs so the legs are higher than the point of the hips. Due to the fact that the pillows have the tendency to slip from their position, and alternative choice is using a folded blanket under the mattress on the side of the legs.

Regular exercise

Vein problems have taken epidemic dimensions through the last decades. Some support that a huge contributor is the modern way of life, where frequent exercise is not a priority.

Frequent exercise aids in the improvement of muscle tone in the muscles of the gastrocnemius, aiding in the most effective function of the muscle pump in the gastrocnemius. That way we have an improvement of the propulsion of the blood to the heart. In an opposite case, where the muscle tone is not good like when someone does not exercise regularly, the blood gather is in the blood pools of the gastrocnemius increasing the vein pressure, a fact that increases dramatically the frequency of the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins.

All exercises, and particularly particularly those who exercise the muscles of the gastrocnemius are very effective. Walking is the best exercise for vein insufficiency. Cycling or swimming are both great examples, but the simplest exercise a person can do is standing on the toes of the legs several times a day. This exercise can be done anywhere and he definitely free space or time for anyone to do it. If you do this exercise wherever and whenever you can, the muscles of your gastrocnemius and therefore the veins in your legs will appreciate it deeply!

It has been noted that exercises that increase immensely the pressure in the abdomen, our best to be avoided because the increase of pressure is linked with the worsening of vein insufficiency. Such exercises include weight lifting, abdominal exercises and running.

Applying external pressure on the legs

According to undisputed medical studies the application of external pressure on the legs slow down the progress and improves the already existing vein insufficiency. Additionally it aids in the swiftest recovery after the procedures for the rehabilitation of vein insufficiency, the relief from the symptoms and the reduction of the oedema on the legs.

The best way to apply external pressure is by using compression stockings. They are cool like that because the pressure they apply on the legs is stronger on the ankles and it reduces at the knee and even more at the thigh.

Each case is unique so the choice for the correct compression sock has to be done in collaboration with the treating doctor, in order to achieve the best result while simultaneously try to avoid affecting negatively the quality of life of the patient. The stockings have to be worn during the day and never at night, except for some special cases, for example after a surgery, and always according do the vascular surgeon’s instructions.