Varicose veins are sometimes the culprit behind your leg pain. Even though varicose veins are completely normal and are often not a serious condition, many people still experience heaviness and pain around the area.
These symptoms can vary depending on the individual and the severity of their varicose vein. There are times when this pain and heaviness can last for more than an hour.
With that, people with varicose veins have tried different ways to alleviate and minimize their pain. After careful deliberation and recommendations from an Orlando vein center, patients and even doctors found that being physically active is one of the best ways to minimize and combat varicose vein pain.
If you have a varicose vein, then you probably already know that being immobile for too long can worsen your varicose vein. So it makes perfect sense that exercising and being physically active is one of the ways that you can combat its symptoms.
With that, here are a few simple exercises to relieve varicose vein pain:
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Varicose Veins Exercises
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One of the easiest relief and preventive exercises to minimize pain is to simply take a frequent brisk walking break. Given that being immobile for too long can worsen and even trigger pain around your varicose vein, the best thing that you can do is to simply keep your legs active.
For example, most 9-5 jobs require you to sit all day in front of a computer. So before you experience any leg pain, try to take a five to ten-minute brisk walking break in between. This way, your varicose vein would not worsen and you can prevent leg pain while you are working.
Sit and Stand Exercise
If you do not have the energy to take brisk walking breaks, then you can simply opt for a sit and stand exercise. Doing this light and low-impact exercise is enough to keep your legs active for the day.
It is also a quick and simple exercise that you can do when traveling. For instance, if you are planning to hop on a long flight, then this exercise can be a lifesaver. Since there is not much room to move around the cabin, the easiest exercise that you can do is to sit and stand. But if you are not much of a traveler, then you can simply purchase one of those standing desks that are popular these days.
So long as you are keeping your veins and muscles active, then all kinds of stretching would do. Some doctors and vein specialists even recommend doing yoga instead of high-intensity exercise. Because while high-intensity exercise keeps you active, some patients saw that their varicose veins develop when they do these types of exercise.
With that, it is best to stick to simple yoga, stretches, and other low-impact exercises. This way, you can relieve the symptoms associated with your varicose veins.
Examples of leg stretches are knee hug, pigeon stretch, and many more.
There are different types of lunges that you can do in order to minimize varicose vein pain. When you do this consistently, you can reap the other health benefits from this exercise as well.
Lunges are a popular exercise that most gym-goers are all too familiar with. So apart from relieving pain in your legs, this exercise can also aid you in your fitness journey because it targets your lower muscle. It would not only help you strengthen your lower body but it would also help your bodily function such as metabolism.
You can either do this exercise at home or incorporate it into your daily workout routine. Doing so would surely keep your legs active and would minimize the varicose vein symptoms.
The key takeaway here is that exercise for varicose veins does not have to be complicated and intense.
All of the exercises listed above are just the bare minimum exercise.
It is still important that you should also look for other low-impact exercises that you can consistently stick with every day. This way, you can prevent your varicose vein from worsening and ultimately avoid the symptoms associated with it.
Overall, the best way to prevent varicose vein pain is to simply have a healthy lifestyle and sustainable workout routine in the long run.
Dr. Sandra Milena Gomez is a Korean obstetrician and gynecologist, specialized in minimally invasive gynecological surgery from the American Association of Laparoscopic Gynecologists, with extensive knowledge in the management of gynecological and obstetric diseases, as well as surgical procedures. She is a colposcopist and for management of lower tract pathology, diagnosis and treatment of diseases at the uterine level. She is a general practitioner with an emphasis on management and public health.