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An Easy Way to Practice Varicose Vein Prevention

Spring is here, the sun is shining, and it’s a perfect time to begin or revive your daily walking routine.

Going for a quick walk is one of the easiest and most effective ways to encourage and maintain healthy veins, and to alleviate the swelling and pain that can come with varicose veins.

Walking is easily adaptable for anyone, so no matter what your current fitness level walking can make a big impact for your feet and legs. Getting out for even a leisurely stroll for 10 or 15 minutes will improve your circulation and blood flow.

As Dr. John C. Wolf, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine explains, walking creates a rhythmic contraction of your leg muscles, which help to prevent blood from flowing backward, a common issue for veinous disease.

Walking is especially effective when applied as a daily activity in between prolonged bouts of sitting or standing, as these times tend to aggravate varicose vein symptoms and progression. Use your daily walks to get a breath of fresh air, take a break, have some time to yourself, or to spend time with friends or your dog.

According to the American Heart Association, your regular walking routine has tons of other benefits aside from caring for your veins. Just 30 minutes of walking per day has been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and enhance mental well being.

If you are experiencing pain in your lower legs despite a regular walking routine or have questions about varicose vein symptoms, contact Bunker Vein at (512) 726-0599.

 

Source: Wolf, John C. “EXERCISE ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS IN TREATING VARICOSE VEINS” Family Medicine. Retrieved from: http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/communications/familymedicine/archives/2001/2515(FM).html

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