For most people varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue but for others they can be a painful and dangerous condition. Venous insufficiency is the main cause of varicose veins.
What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are veins which have become enlarged and knotted in appearance. Any vein can be affected. The most common veins affected are those in the lower extremities. This is because we stand or walk increasing the pressure in the veins in the lower extremities.
Risk Factors and Symptoms of Varicose Veins
If your job or hobbies cause you to stand or walk continuously you are at risk for varicose veins. Age is another factor that can contribute to the formation of varicose veins. As we age we lose much of the elasticity in our veins which causes them to stretch. This weakens the valves in the veins that keep the blood from back flowing. Instead the blood pools in the veins of our lower extremities and they enlarge and become varicose.
Pregnancy can cause varicose veins because the pregnancy increases the volume of blood you have in your body while decreasing the flow of blood going from your lower extremities to your pelvis. Generally varicose veins developed during pregnancy will resolve on their own about 3 months following delivery.
Other risk factors for developing varicose veins include your sex (women are more likely to develop them), genetics, obesity and standing in the same position for extended time periods.
Varicose Veins Natural Treatment
Varicose veins natural treatment involves doing what you can do at home or on your own without having to have a surgical procedure or medication injections to remove these sometimes painful and dangerous occurrences.
Elevation – You can do some things at home for varicose veins natural treatment such as elevating your legs to improve the circulation. You need to elevate them higher than your hearts level. So lay on the sofa or bed and place pillows under your legs to raise them higher than your chest is.
Fashion – What you wear can affect the circulation in your lower extremities. Tight fitting clothes around your waist, groin or legs can decrease the circulation to your legs. Low heeled shoes make the calf muscles to work harder and are much better for your veins than high heels. Diet – Another varicose veins natural treatment is to control your diet and your weight. A high fiber, low salt diet helps to prevent fluid from gathering in your lower extremities. Losing weight can take extra pressure off your veins as well.
Get your legs exercising even if you are not able to stand up or even if you can’t move your legs on your own. Simply moving your legs, either yourself or having someone move them for you will increase the circulation to your legs and lessen the chances of varicose veins.