We are all supposed to check our feet and legs for signs of swelling regularly; this becomes more important as we get older. Most adults in this world are suffering from one of the many venous diseases, whether it is in a mild or chronic form. If you are not already a sufferer, then as you grow older, your chances of developing one or more of them increase. It’s not all doom and gloom, though, because there are things that you can do to reduce your chances of getting them and if you already have them relieve the symptoms caused by them.
Firstly you need to know a little bit about how it all works.
It is easy enough for blood and other bodily fluids to flow into your feet throughout the day, whether you are sitting, standing, or walking, with the help of the natural force called gravity, inverting the old adage ‘what goes up must come down.’ The flow of fluid through your veins is controlled by valves. If the valves are not working properly, even as your body pushes most of the fluid upwards as you contract your calf muscles when you are walking, this will not happen and. Whatever fluid is left will remain in your lower limbs and collect there, causing swelling and pain.
Should you elevate your legs and feet?
When you have finished work for the day, arrived home, before you feed the children and do the housework, take time to take the weight off. A little breaks at this time of day will help you relax and will also help relieve some of the pressure that has been building throughout the day. Once all your jobs at home have been done, sit and relax with your feet up again to counteract the effect gravity has been having on you all day. Each time should be for at least ten minutes to allow some of the stagnant interstitial fluid that has built up to drain back towards your upper body.
Here are some of the conditions that are affected by fluid not moving around your body as it should: Chronic venous insufficiency, Varicose Veins, Deep vein thrombosis, Phlebitis, and Muscle Soreness. If you think you may be suffering from any of these conditions, contact your doctor.
By the time they reach their 50s, more than 60% of women will have the enlarged, dark blue, or purple varicose veins on their legs. Swollen and raised above the surface of the skin, they can become large, bulging veins if not cared for and can also become painful and a health hazard.
50% to 60% of women over age 30 have spider veins. Spider veins are different than varicose veins. These veins are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They often look like tree branches or spider webs. They are purple, red, blue, or gray web-like streaks most often found on the leg.
Since the veins in your legs must work against gravity, well-toned elastic veins are needed to pump blood from your feet back up to your heart. If you have varicose veins with associated edema and aching, it is important to know how to elevate your legs correctly to get the maximum effect and increase your circulation.
Improve Your Health with Blood Circulation:
Your general health can be greatly improved by simply improving blood circulation, especially in the lower limbs. It helps the whole body, especially the heart, and at the same time, you can prevent and reduce existing varicose veins and spider veins considerably.
Standing, sitting, and walking upright increases the pressure on healthy veins, making them weaker. The veins most commonly affected by these postures are those in your lower limbs. Since these are the veins that are most susceptible to varicose veins, it is important to take the pressure off of your legs as often as possible. This is not as difficult a task as you might imagine it to be.
Tips To Elevate Your Legs:
You can elevate your legs in four easy ways:
Lay on the floor on your back, with your legs and feet raised up against a wall for about five minutes. This helps to prevent the pooling of blood in the feet and ankles and increases blood flow to the heart, putting less strain on the heart. Placing a foot pillow under your hips makes this pose very comfortable. Do this twice a day. It will significantly increase the blood circulation in your legs and prevent yours from risk factors that usually grow due to a long-time sitting or standing.
It is important to elevate your legs as much as possible during the day. Put feet up on a recliner or ottoman when reading or watching TV. If you read in bed, elevate your feet 6 to 12 inches off the bed with cushions or folded pillows. It is a simple and relaxing way to elevate your legs and improve blood circulation.
If it is possible for you, take half-hour breaks during the day to rest, and during this time, raise your legs for about a half-hour above the level of your heart. This gives veins the maximum relief from pressure.
Walking causes a therapeutic reaction in the body that result in better circulation, especially in the lower limbs. Take short breaks several times a day to stretch leg muscles and to shift your weight from sitting or standing positions, so blood circulates better in the legs.
Be aware that these therapeutic exercises may seem easy, but they are not a temporary measure – if adhered to daily, your symptoms will get progressively better. To reduce the symptoms of varicose veins in a natural way, there are therapeutic creams and lotions available that contain herbs and essential oils noted for their healing and circulation-enhancing properties. You can say goodbye to your varicose veins and prevent them from coming back.