Standing for long periods is hard on leg veins. It tends to cause poor circulation and can produce swelling and aching in the legs unless you are doing some activities or movements while your are standing. It is necessary to take some precautions when you are on your feet a lot because when you are standing for a long time, the reduced blood flow sets up the perfect conditions for varicose veins and spider veins. The deep veins inside your lower legs are encased by your calf muscles and connective tissues. These deeper veins need to be strong and contracting efficiently to pump the blood back up to the heart. If your calf muscles are weak, your circulation will be weak. That is the reason it is so important to practice a few simple forms of exercise on a regular basis to strengthen your calf muscles and increase blood flow.
Try these simple exercises and stop suffering from varicose veins:
While standing, raise your heels and get up on your tip-toes as high as you can. Let heels down again. Do this 15 or 20 times, relax for a few minutes, then repeat. Walking causes a therapeutic reaction in the body that results in better circulation especially in the lower limbs. Take short breaks several times a day to walk. Increase walking time from 15 minutes to 45 minutes at least three times a week. Stretch leg muscles often and shift your weight from a sitting or standing position to do other physical activities that will improve your blood circulation.
If you do consistent, moderate exercises like these several times a week for several months, you will reduce the swelling of your varicose veins and prevent more from forming in the future.
Use circulation enhancers – check for therapeutic grade essential oils and natural herbs in leg veins products. The herbal extract Calendula is known to compensate for circulation deficiencies. Calendula is known for its anti-inflammatory and regenerative capabilities. Gingko biloba and Horse chestnut are used to reduce varicose veins pain and swelling. It is preferred to use these herbs externally in a cream or lotion rather than internally to get quick and dependable results.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “using these powerful herbs can significantly reduce pain and vein size and may actually be as effective a treatment as compression stockings.” Your legs will feel great and you will have more energy, attractiveness and get-up and go!