Top 10 ways to reduce varicose veins

9 April 2013

Varicose veins are a nuisance that plague up to a third of women and nearly 20 per cent of men. They can reduce self confidence and become a source of embarrassment, but unfortunately, if they aren’t causing you physical discomfort, the NHS won’t cover treatment. If you’ve got unsightly varicose veins, it’s easy to feel hopeless and frustrated, but contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to live with them. There are natural ways to reduce them, and you’ll be relieved to know that private healthcare cover can also help you address this common problem.

Here’s a list of ways to ensure you look and feel your best this summer, free from worrying about your varicose veins.

Consider medical treatment

If natural remedies aren’t enough, there are cosmetic surgeries to banish varicose veins once and for all. ClariVein, now available through Spire Healthcare, is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses a rotating catheter to seal the vein from within. Other options like Endovenous Laser Treatment have a similar effect, but use a probe instead to close varicose veins. This medical procedure is entirely non-surgical. Ultrasound guided foam schlerotherapy, another non-surgical option, involves injecting a foam into the vein to seal it off.

One of the more common procedures is surgical removal, which uses the technique ‘ligation and stripping’ to tie and remove varicose veins.

Do what you can to prevent varicose veins, but if you need a professional to remove them for you, there are plenty of options available. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to get your legs looking young and healthy again.

Proper posture

Crossing your legs can result in varicose veins. Instead, sit straight up. By doing so, you’ll improve circulation to your legs which will keep blood pumping evenly through your vessels. Uneven pressure is what causes vessel valves and walls to weaken, sending blood backwards where it collects in the vein just beneath the skin. Maintaining good posture is an easy, everyday way to prevent varicose veins from forming, but crossing your legs is a difficult habit to break. Try stopping today and your legs will thank you.

Sit down

Prolonged standing increases pressure in veins in the legs and feet. If your job forces you to stand, make sure you shift position as often as possible or sit down every half hour, even if just for a minute.

Regular exercise

Even something as simple as going for a walk every day can drastically improve circulation in the legs. Exercise reduces blood pressure and strengthens the circulatory system, so it’s particularly effective in reducing varicose veins.

Regular massages

Treat yourself to regular massages - they’re a great way to improve circulation and reduce visible spider veins, with the added benefit of mental relaxation.

Weight loss

Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight can put extra pressure on your legs, so if you’re overweight, consider shedding some pounds to reduce your risk of varicose veins, as well as a number of other health problems.

Kick your feet up

In the evening, kick your feet up and relax. Place a pillow under your calves and elevate your feet - by doing so, you’ll improve circulation and relieve excess pressure on your legs.

Compression hose

If you’ve got varicose veins forming, buy a pair of compression hose from your local medical supply store. They’ll improve circulation and reduce the appearance of spider veins.

Stop smoking

Smoking can result in high blood pressure, a common cause of varicose veins.

Swap birth control pills

High estrogen levels found in some birth control pills have been found to increase the risk of varicose veins, as they alter the way circulatory valves work. Consider switching to the mini pill or alternative forms of birth control.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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