July 26, 2010

Running and Varicose Veins

Posted in Category : Alternate Therapies

Varicose veins, also commonly known as spider veins, can be quite an unsightly condition. Most people deal with them, by trying to hide them. Although they are not serious, they can be a bit painful at times. Fortunately, they do not lead to any further health complications in the legs or the circulatory system. There are a few ways to treat this problem, but most people try to adopt home remedies to ease the pain, which can be quite effective too.

There has been a lot of speculation, about the connection between running and varicose veins. Some experts say that any form of exercise, including running, is good for the body and could help varicose veins, by strengthening the legs. However, there are some conflicting reports, which state that exercises like running and cycling can worsen varicose veins. Health experts refute this claim by stating that excessive amounts of exercising can be harmful to the person. However, running in moderation, with the right kind of shoes, preferably on a soft surface, should help reduce the pain caused by varicose veins.

There are several other ways in which you can ease the pain in the legs, caused by varicose veins:

  • Elevate your feet while sleeping: You can either tilt your bed, by placing a few blocks of wood under the footboard, or you could prop your feet up on a few pillows, at night.
  • Cut down on your intake of salt: High amounts of sodium in your diet could aggravate the swelling. Therefore, you should opt for sodium-free or low-salt products, when you shop. Fast food should be avoided, as they are usually high in salt.
  • Watch your body weight carefully: Excess amounts of fat in the abdominal area create pressure on other parts of the body, making it more difficult for the blood in the veins to return to the heart. You can reduce problems related to the veins, by maintaining a low body weight.
  • Wear clothes that are loose-fitting: Clothes that cause constriction can make it more difficult for the blood to flow freely in the veins.
  • Join the non-smoker’s club: Cigarette smoking could worsen the condition of varicose veins. Therefore if you do smoke, you may be required to quit the habit.
  • Take up Yoga: Simple Yoga breathing and stretching practices have been known to relieve the pain of caused by varicose pain in the legs.

At times, taking aspirin may also be advisable, for people suffering from varicose. However, it is important to check with your doctor, before doing so.