Ever noticed twisted blueish and purple lines running down your leg? Or, behind your knees? Well, if you have, you are not the only one.
Varicose veins affect up to 3 in 10 people nationwide. Although everyone can get them, they tend to appear more in women.
While many aren’t affected by the effects of Varicose Veins, some will have experienced swelling and pain. Fortunately, there are treatments available to alleviate the discomfort you may be facing.
We’ve brought together some facts and things you can do to tackle unwanted Varicose Veins.
What causes varicose veins?
Hidden inside your veins are tiny one-way valves that allow your blood to run through them. The valves close as soon as the blood is released to prevent backwards flow.
Blood collects in your veins when the valves can’t function properly. Usually, this is caused when the valves have become weak due to the vein walls becoming stretched, and not springing back.
Little is known about why our veins become weak. Frustratingly, some people develop Varicose Veins for no apparent reason.
With all conditions, some factors can make you a higher risk. Old age, being a woman, pregnant, overweight and good old fashioned genetics can increase your chances.
Your job may also contribute. Statistically, jobs that involve standing for prolonged amounts of time can cause Varicose Veins. So take a break, and have a sit down every once in a while.
Make a few lifestyle changes
Funnily enough, Varicose Veins not only creep up on you when you stand for too long! Sitting for extended periods of time can also be a cause.
Burning off a few calories as you go, getting active is great for encouraging healthy blood flow.
What’s more, you don’t have to be an Olympic hero to get up and go. So why not take up swimming, running, or yoga to give your veins all the help they need. A brisk walk around the block, or taking the stairs instead of a lift can do wonders too.
Invest in a treatment
Sometimes the best solution to a problem is to smother it in cream! Or buy a supplement.
We produce a clinically proven treatment that can help reduce fatigue and swelling in your legs. Nature’s Miracle provides instant relief to any soreness you may be experiencing. With natural ingredients that encourage blood flow, it’s a product you can rely on.
An active ingredient in Nature’s Miracle cream is the powerful swelling-reducer Horse Chestnut. Available as a supplement too, it is an excellent addition to your diet.
Have a gentle massage
Everyone loves a good massage. It helps you de-stress, relax and makes you feel happy – there’s nothing better.
Massages encourage circulation and redistribute your blood, alleviating any pressure you may be feeling in your legs. Working this into a daily routine, you will feel better in no time.
Elevate to alleviate
Putting your feet up isn’t just a common phrase; it’s a mantra to live by when you have Varicose Veins.
Elevating your legs will reduce your blood from pooling.
Watching TV? Struggling to sleep due to discomfort? Grab some pillows!
Specialist wedge-like cushions are available that have been specifically designed to reduce leg swelling. So take a look next time you’re on your phone or laptop – make sure your legs are up in the process!
If all fails
Go and talk to your GP. There is nothing worse than putting up with pain that can be reduced or stopped altogether.
Compression stockings, although not a fashion statement may become your new best friend.
Specially designed to improve circulation by steadily squeezing your legs, they really are a long-term kind of deal.
Not to be taken lightly, they are the last resort in terms of treatment as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE.)
If your Varicose Veins are more of a cosmetic issue, it may be worth going private.
The final crunch
Whatever Varicose Veins are to you, no-one should suffer in silence. Know that you are not alone.
So, what will you go first? Exercise? Massage? Or, invest in a cream?