• The Benefits of Leg Elevation

    Posted on February 6, 2017 by in varicose veins

    elevated legsMany of us spend the entire day being hard on our legs and circulatory system due to our jobs – sitting in front of a computer all day or spending hours standing on hard floors. 

    Don’t make vein pain worse by sitting incorrectly when you get home. If you find yourself laying on a couch or bed with your legs straight out you are likely adding more pressure when you think you are resting.

    Leg elevation is key. Especially if you already are experiencing vein health issues such as leg swelling, tired legs, and feet, throbbing, pain, redness, skin changes or visible veins.

    Rather than laying flat, arrange some pillows in a comfortable formation to get your legs elevated above your heart 6 to 12 inches. It should bring some relief almost immediately as it takes the pressure off of your leg veins and helps to encourage the blood to flow out of the veins reversing the pressure.

    Other suggestions for boosting leg health:

    • Leg massage while elevated helps to encourage proper circulation and can help banish pain and tiredness
    • Take breaks – stand up and walk around as much as possible during the day or while you are at work
    • Get an ergonomic chair and desk if you sit daily
    • Wear properly fitting comfortable foot ware. If you have foot problems make sure to visit a podiatrist or chiropractor and get a good pair of custom made orthotic inserts for your shoes
    • If you are traveling, especially via airplane or train for an extended period of time make sure to flex your legs every 20 minutes or so even if you cannot get up and walk around.
    • Apply cold packs to your legs while elevated. Leave packs in place 10-15 minutes.

    While elevating your legs cannot prevent varicose veins it is a great way to help reduce swelling and alleviate pain.

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