Exercise May Help Improve Varicose Vein Blood Flow

Commonly found in the legs and feet, varicose veins are enlarged, engorged and twisted veins that are a frequent complaint among women. They are usually visible just beneath the skin, appear to be blue or purple in color, and while they often cause their victim discomfort, if not pain, they are universally despised for their unsightly appearance. There are a number of contributing factors that are suspected to cause varicose veins, including obesity, genetics (hereditary), blood clots, heart disease, and tumors. Some physicians recommend exercise to reduce the discomfort of this condition. Exercise is also recommended for those who have a family history of varicose veins, as it can possibly prevent the unattractive condition from developing in the first place.

Exercise improves blood flow within the leg veins, and also helps to strengthen the muscles in the legs. Another benefit of exercise is that it helps your muscles to expand and contract, which will force blood back upwards toward the heart and away from the leg veins. A physical activity such as walking, cycling, and running in Cartersville creates a force on leg veins causing them to empty, which relieves the discomfort and unsightly appearance of varicose veins.

Although support stockings are generally helpful in the treatment of varicose veins, they can be rather troublesome when exercising. Wearing support hose during exercise, and especially in hot weather, can prevent your body from releasing heat as efficiently as it should. This may cause your body temperature to rise and lead to you feeling overheated. It may also make your muscles tire out quicker, causing you to feel more fatigued than you may otherwise be. As always, speak with your physician before starting an exercise routine to treat any condition, including varicose veins.

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