Varicose veins or spider veins affect many adults in the United States. These veins are typically found on the legs and they are veins that have become enlarged and twisted. Varicose veins seem more likely to appear in women than in men, and they can be caused by genetics or by lifestyle. Women that tend to work in offices or situations where they are required to stand for long periods of time are more likely to be prone to getting these veins. That is because they are caused when the body is unable to pump blood effectively up the veins that are in the legs, so as a result the blood pools there. Over time the blood pooling leads to a loss of elasticity in the veins and the veins as a result start to bulge.
While varicose veins are not considered dangerous, they are unsightly and most people that end up with them seek out treatment at a vein clinic in order to get rid of their varicose veins. There are also many ways that you can treat and prevent these kinds of veins on your own if you do not have immediate access to a vascular doctor.
As far as preventative measures go, the best way to prevent varicose veins from forming to begin with is to make sure to stretch when you are required to stand for long periods of time. Take a few minutes every hour to sit down, bend over, and stretch in ways that require you to bend your knees. Walking briskly or running in order to increase the heart rate is also a good idea as it helps the heart pump the blood up through the legs.
For treatment methods, there are several things that you can do at home in order to get rid of the appearance of varicose veins. There used to be a mindset that the only way to treat these veins was to have them surgically removed, but since then it have been discovered that there are many ways to reduce the appearance and even make them disappear.
Gently massaging your legs is one such method. It is widely known that massage is a great way to increase the blood flow in that particular part of the body. Since varicose veins are formed because of a last of blood flow, this is a great way to reverse that problem. The best way to go about massage for varicose veins is to start at the calfs and slowly work your way upwards as you move up your legs. Do not think that you have to exert a lot of pressure in order for this to work, just keep your touch at a pressure that you are comfortable wit. Over time the increased blood circulation will continue to affect the appearance of the varicose veins. If you supplement this treatment in conjunction with a treatment plan that is recommended by a vascular doctor, then you should continue to see success in getting rid of these unsightly veins.