How Swimming Can Help Your Vein Pain

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swimmingSummer in Florida is hot. One great way to cool down is by getting in the water, whether in pool or in the ocean! While you’re in the water, you might as well swim! Not only is it fun and a great form of exercise, but it can help your varicose veins! Swimming helps lesson the effect of gravity on the body as your keeping your legs active and moving.

On a daily basis, your body and legs are working against gravity to pump blood back up to the heart. This can create a lot of pressure on the body, especially the legs, over the years. This pressure can lead to the development of varicose veins. When swimming, the gravitational pull on the body lessens and the slight pressure of the water (density) helps with the circulation in the legs. The density of the water creates a compression effect on your legs to help move blood through your body, similar to wearing compression stockings.  Since swimming is exercise, a person is using their muscles with each stroke and paddle in the water, which improves circulation and takes pressure off the varicose veins.

If you’re not a fan of swimming, you can still reap the benefits of exercising in the water without doing major laps around the pool. Treading water and kicking your legs while holding onto the side of the pool or using a kickboard are great ways to get a workout and reduce pressure on your varicose veins. Treading water gives you a total body workout as you’re working your arms and legs while getting your heart rate up. Other water-movement options: slow jogging, walking, and leg lifts. If none of these ideas sound appealing to you, try different ways of getting your legs moving in the water; any leg movement improves circulation and it’s easier on your joints.

Along with relieving vein pain and being health, swimming has many benefits, including: toning the body, improving flexibility, reducing stressing, improving oxygen use in the body, and providing low-impact and low-injury movements and exercises.

If you’re living with varicose veins, damaged veins, or would like to prevent a venous insufficiency, swimming is a great way to reduce painful symptoms and keep the blood flowing properly in the legs. Although swimming can reduce painful side effects of having varicose veins, it cannot rid the body of them; it will only give you temporary relief. The best option to treat varicose veins and other damaged veins is to see a vein specialist to discuss the best treatment plan to diagnose and treat your venous insufficiency. Dr. Zuzga of West Florida Vein Center can help you with your vein problems. To learn more or to book an appointment, click here or call 727-712-3233.


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