If you have even one varicose vein or splotches of unsightly spider veins, you may be searching far and wide for tips on how to manage this frustrating problem. You may have heard that exercise is crucial for healthy legs and the veins that may become problematic, but where do you start? Are certain exercises better than others? The good news is, you have plenty of options, and one of them may take you straight back to the fun moments of your childhood: swimming!
Water Exercise: a Double Whammy for your Body
For individuals who have noticed the onset of spider veins and varicose veins, a water workout is particularly beneficial. The initial benefit of swimming or other water aerobics is the marked decrease in gravity. Less gravity means less stress on the veins in the lower leg, which translates into relief from existing pressure due to the accumulation of blood.
Underwater movements also promote circulation throughout the lower extremities. The additional force of blood flow during exercise helps to push blood back toward the heart and also aids in full-body circulation to a greater degree than other forms of exercise.
Additional benefits of swimming and water aerobics include:
- Low-risk due to the low-impact style.
- Promotes greater joint mobility and flexibility.
- Improves oxygenation to the lungs and heart.
- Full-body workout tones and strengthens muscles.
Some studies indicate that regular swimming may decrease swelling in existing veins, and can improve the general symptoms of varicose veins. However, exercise is not a cure for varicose veins. Once these problematic veins have developed, the only way to resolve them completely is with professional treatment. At LA Vein Clinic, patients benefit from our minimally-invasive techniques that we tailor to their needs. In addition to sclerotherapy, Dr. Lee also performs microphlebectomy and radiofrequency ablation to minimize the symptoms of varicose veins.
Learn more about treatment options for varicose veins. Call our office in Sherman Oaks at (818) 325-0400. We provide friendly care to patients from our community and surrounding cities, including Calabasas, Hollywood, Pasadena, Glendale, Thousand Oaks, and more.