Many individuals with varicose veins have found that stretching and exercise can improve circulation, strengthen the leg muscles that support veins and promote their overall sense of wellbeing. Learn how to do three recommended exercises for varicose veins below. (As always, consult with your physician before beginning a new exercise program.)
#1 Leg Stretch
Lie down on your back, using a yoga mat for comfort. Lift up your leg, and take a stretch band in both hands (or a towel if you don’t have a band); push against the band with the bottom of your foot, fully extending your leg. Bend and straighten the leg four to five times, holding the full-extension position for several seconds each time. Repeat this exercise with each leg.
#2 Legs on the Wall
Another good yoga exercise for varicose veins is the elevated leg pose. In this exercise, lie on your back, placing your legs on a wall. Bring your buttocks as close to the wall as you can. (You can slide a pillow under your tailbone for support and comfort.) Relax and hold this pose for five minutes.
#3 Seated Hamstring Stretch
Next, sit on the floor with your legs stretched out directly in front of you and your back straight. Keeping your back straight, bend forward towards your toes; hold the pose for at least 10-15 seconds (longer if you can). Repeat.
Does Yoga for Varicose Veins Really Work?
While yoga – or any form of exercise for varicose veins – will not cure your condition, it may provide relief from discomfort. Ultimately, however, many patients will need treatment for their varicose veins.
Schedule a Free Varicose Vein Consultation
For a free varicose vein screening and consultation, call our Phoenix office at 602-234-0004 or East Mesa office at 480-380-1404.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.