Millions upon millions of people are affected by vein disease, and that is just in our own country. While there are familial ties to the development of varicose veins and spider veins, there are also ways in which we can free ourselves from a lifetime of suffering (or at least until treatment is obtained). Here, we offer simple tips for helping yourself out of the pit of vein disease through healthy habits.
Tip #1 – Move more.
Movement is our veins’ BFF. Many of the people we treat for varicose veins and the consequences of poor vein health have led or continue to lead a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting too much inhibits blood from moving through our veins. Standing too long does the same. Standing or sitting for prolonged periods cannot necessarily be offset by a good morning or afternoon workout routine, either. The key is to move more throughout the day, as in every hour or so. Even if that’s just getting up or sitting down here and there, this movement goes a long way in supporting better circulation.
Tip #2 – Pamper your legs.
At the end of a long day, you may have a natural urge to kick back and relax. There may be little more that you could do to pamper your legs more. Don’t just sit back in your recliner, though. Try a new routine on for size: before bed, lie on your back with your feet up on a wall. This slight inversion is easy to do, and it gets your legs above your heart, which maximizes blood flow out of the lower extremities. Research also suggests that this pose, before bed, invites a good night’s sleep.
Tip #3 – Prioritize comfort.
We know, it is difficult to live in Los Angeles and not be at least a little fashion-conscious. The thing is, those high heels and skinny jeans aren’t doing you any favors in the vein health department. Whenever possible, treat yourself to loose clothing and shorter heels – even flats – to support the circulation of blood through all parts of the body.