You must have come across blue or purple colored scrawls displayed on the legs, especially on grown-ups. Well, they aren’t weird zigzag lines, they are veins! But if you take a closer look at it, you will realize that it is not similar to the veins on the inside of your wrist or elbow and that you do not see them on yourself at a young age. Why? Because those are grown-up veins termed as varicose veins.
What are Varicose veins?
Varicose veins are usually swollen, twisted veins which is visible to the eye just under the surface of the skin. They generally occur in the leg, but can also end up forming in other parts of your body. Although it is a common condition and normally cause few visible signs and symptoms but it can be curbed with regular moderate rate of exercise but only to the extent until it doesn’t cause you any physical pain.
Some steps are listed below so as to help you prevent the development of new varicose veins:
This is the simplest form of exercise that you can take up. The more you walk, the more will be the movement in your legs, which in turn will pump up the flow of blood circulation to your legs. So skip that elevator and opt to walk those stairs which you have been ignoring since long. Also make sure you go for brisk walking instead of hiring a cab to travel short distance.
• Lying exercise
Place an exercise mat and lie on your back and slowly lift one leg from the leg and replace it on the other side. Repeat the same for about three sets of 12 leg lifts. After this, bring the lifted leg on your chest and lower it back to the floor. Continuing this exercise for at least a minute will unblock any clotted blood to start circulating.
• Standing exercise
Get yourself walking on your tiptoes, gradually followed by on your heels. Make sure you place your toes on the step thus allowing your heels to hold back your back and then slowly raise yourself on your tiptoes. Support yourself on the wall if necessary. It is recommended to repeat this for at least 30 times in a day.
Lie flat on your back on the floor. Then place your hands to your sides and it causes any strain then place them beneath your buttocks. Gradually begin lifting up your legs above from the floor and begin pedaling them just like how you would pedal a bicycle. There will be an increase in the blood circulation, depending upon how much you lift up your legs. Endure this exercise till you can totally feel the blood circulating through your legs.
Some of the ways to prevent varicose veins, according to the Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital is to maintain a healthy diet, avoid crossing your legs, keeping a watch over your weight, cutting down on the usage of high heels and too tight fitting clothes. Do not hesitate to consult vein doctors if the varicose pain becomes too painful and get a timely treatment for the same.