Simple Ways to Prevent and Eliminate Varicose Veins
Varicose veins cause mental trouble, specially, with middle age ladies who are susceptible with this kind of problem. Once the beach was a lovely place to display their beautiful legs; now it is a dreaded place, because their legs are no longer that “Wow.”
It’s not easy to admit, but this century is now more about beauty, and anything that degrades our appearance is a no-no. However, improving our looks cannot be done without spending a lot of our savings, and always involve a risk, aside from not being certain it can lasts forever.
During the time I was working as a caregiver, one of the things I love to do is to take care of my patients’ feet and legs. I did this because they have problems, ranging from athlete’s foot, disfigured toe nails, callouses, and the “accidental problem” – VARICOSE VEINS.
It was the time I had a firsthand experience, that varicose veins can be helped by massage – alone.
I am sharing it here, because I believe that if it helped them, then it can help anyone who wants to try it. Anyway, it is not that expensive. It only requires a few minutes to an hour of your time. It can be done after a shower, early in the morning, or as you retire on your bed at night.
If you have a partner, then it is much better and enjoyable. Massage in fact is supposed to be learned by couples because it is a very helpful in improving their physical connection, and intimacy.
For a better result, especially when you already have a developed varicose vein, the procedure should be done every day. But, if it is only for prevention, then once a day, every other day, or once a week is alright. While it can be done any time of the day, I advise that it is done at night and early in the morning.
What massage can do to help varicose veins?
- Massage strengthens the blood vessels, and cleans it from blockages; improves the circulation system, and facilitates the distribution of blood to the most remote parts of our body.
- Massage strengthens the muscles and relaxes it; in return, muscles won’t squeeze the veins, and impede the normal flow of blood.
Things you need:
- Massage oil/lotion
- Towel to avoid spilling the oil on the bed or blanket
- If you are doing it alone, it is best if you sit down on a chair or at the edge of your bed.
- If with a partner, then decide where the better place is, for both of you, which you can both relax and enjoy.
1. Start by spreading the lotion/oil to the foot going up and down to your leg.
2. Start the massage from your foot.
Use your thumbs to massage the top of your foot and toes, while use the fingers to massage the sole of the foot.
3. Grab the whole foot with one hand and squeeze it back and forth – from the heel to the toes.
4. Also, pay attention to your toes, squeeze them between your thumb and forefinger; this gives a good relief and promotes blood circulation to them. End it by giving a slight tug (Don’t be surprised if you hear popping sounds.)
5. Now massage your lower leg – up to your thigh.
Rub it up and down, then slightly knead the muscles with both hands. If your varicose veins are very visible, use only a mild rubbing pressure for at least a week to make the veins and muscles become healthier; then slowly go deeper and make the pressure heavier.
Other ways to prevent the problem
- Healthy diet
There are many exercises you can do. Just find the most appropriate to your taste and do it religiously if you want to have healthy legs, and a bonus of overall physical health. I have written down here two of the things I am doing when I don’t time to go jogging, or do exercises that requires much of my time.
a. Shadow kicking, or kick a punching bag.
This takes only 2 minutes of your time or depending on how motivated you are to do it.
You don’t have to kick high. Just kick to as low as you want or as high as you like it, as long as you use your legs to kick.
Do each leg 5 -10 kicks three times or more during the day.
This promotes circulations to your lower extremities and strengthens your leg muscles.
b. Shadow boxing, box a punching bag.
Do the same number, like the number of kicks you did, or more. This strengthens your upper extremities and promotes circulation to the upper parts of your body.
Both exercises (Kicking and boxing) make the heart pump more blood and strengthen its muscles, too. Physical movements, also, assist in keeping the blood flow, while inactivity makes the muscles rest and the veins and arteries do the same which encourage the blood to pool and that causes the veins to bulge.
You may say that you’re doing a lot of walking and still developed varicose veins. That’s a good question. My answer is exercise alone cannot make us healthy. Eating healthy diet alone cannot make us healthy, either. Rest alone cannot make us healthy, too. Or doing all the three, still, cannot ensure us a 100% healthy body! So, what it is there to be done to keep us healthy?
I tell you that if you missed MASSAGE, then you won’t get the perfect health you wanted to have.
The other two essentials to keep away varicose veins are:
Rest gives the cells of our body to repair any damages, caused by overworking them.
3. Healthy diet
Healthy diet, means, eating foods full of natural nutrients, fibers, and are free of radicals.