Go take a hike! It’s good for your veins

compassLooking for a great way to boost your health and well-being? Go take a hike! Regular physical activity not only can help you live a healthier life, it also can help reduce your chances of developing varicose veins. Hiking is a great exercise choice because you’ll reap the benefits of both physical activity and of getting outdoors and in nature. It’s a powerful combination.

On a beautiful day, it doesn’t get much better than being surrounded by nature. The sunshine, the blue sky, the clouds, birds, trees and green plants — it’s all relaxing and inspiring. In fact, being in nature can help your mind get a reprieve from the stress of day-to-day life. A growing body of research points to a wide variety of health and wellness benefits from getting outdoors in nature. Yale researchers, for example, found that exposure to the natural world has positive and profound effects on health and healing and can help people better manage stress and have a more positive outlook. And the best part? Studies show that all you need is as little as two hours of week outdoors to enjoy these benefits.

One perk specific to hiking: It can help you become more physically balanced. If you choose to hike on dirt paths or uneven terrain, it will push different muscle groups to work. This can help you become more stable on your feet. Developing a better sense of balance can lower your risk of falling. Hiking is also a good core workout. In addition, rocky terrain can help you avoid making simple repetitive motions that can lead to injuries from overused muscles in a gym setting.

Keep in mind, if you’re new to hiking, you should take it easy. Don’t just jump in and take a 10-mile hike. Take your time and try shorter, easier hikes to start. As you build up your muscles over time, you’ll be able to handle more intensive trails. And, if you’re concerned about your stability, use trekking poles that can help you stay upright on the path and avoid potential spills.

Are you ready to get outside and explore? Use hiking as an opportunity to get together with friends or catch up with family if you’d like it to be a social outing. If not, take to the trail by yourself and enjoy the scenery and peace of mind (just make sure to tell someone where you’re going and bring a phone in case of emergencies).

Have you tried compression wear?

Man lifting up a burbell in the gymCompression leggings or compression wear used to conjure up images of your grandma’s tight knee-high socks. That’s not the case anymore. Compression wear is becoming more popular every day for more than just treating vein issues and swelling. Athletes have embraced compression wear to help improve blood circulation while working out. It’s not uncommon to see professional athletes wearing tights and long sleeve compression shirts on the court or in the gym.

How does compression wear work? Compression wear is tight, elasticized clothing that applies pressure to the body when worn. There are different varieties of tightness that athletes can choose to use to apply more pressure and to get a better fit. These garments provide slight pressure, which helps the blood to circulate better, supports your muscles as you move and reduces muscle vibrations. Improved blood circulation helps athletes to perform better and prevents injury. It may also help prevent soreness after your workout, and the increased blood flow may help your body pump out waste faster.

Compression wear is a natural progression from compression stockings which have been used for years to help treat lower leg vein issues. These stockings are often very tight to help treat venous disease. Lower venous disease occurs when the veins are not circulating the blood properly, which causes backflow or clotting issues like varicose or spider veins. Symptoms of these problems include feelings of heaviness, aching, pain and discomfort. Compression stockings support the muscles and veins so that your blood flows better and helps reduce swelling.

Compression wear won’t solve all of your circulation or vein issues. If you are continuing to suffer from aches, pains, and feelings of heaviness, or you’ve noticed discolored, bulging veins, come in for a consultation. Our doctors will perform an ultrasound exam to determine if there is vein reflux occurring, which may be causing your issues. We can then recommend treatments for the underlying problem. Untreated vein issues will only get worse, and compression stockings or clothing are only a temporary fix.

If you’re trying to boost your athletic performance, give compression wear a try. It’s especially helpful for distance runners. Talk to a physical trainer or physiotherapist about how compression wear could benefit your athletic endeavors. If you think you are experiencing vein issues, talk to a vein specialist (like us). Compression stockings and leggings are medically designed for treating vein issues. We will recommend a proper treatment schedule for wearing these garments to benefit your vein health.

Get checked for vein issues before you notice a problem

Doctor In Surgery With Male Patient Using Digital TabletWe see many different patients, and everyone has a unique story of what brings them into our clinic. Over the years, a pattern has started to emerge. Many of our patients complain of the same discomforts but often don’t know what is causing the issue.

It can be hard to recognize the symptoms of lower extremity venous insufficiency. Let us show you how many of our patient interactions tend to go. Imagine a man named Jack, who works as a local butcher. He’s on his feet every day, working hard to support his family and serve in his community. When he gets home, his legs are tired and ache. He often spends a couple of hours with his feet propped up because of the swelling and heaviness in his legs and ankles.

To make matters worse, Jack suffers from painful nighttime leg cramps, often waking up a couple of times a night because of the pain. He tries pain relievers, massaging his legs, and drinking lots of water. Nothing seems to work. Finally, a friend recommends our clinic, and Jack decides to get some answers.

It’s easy for Jack to make an appointment for a consultation, and he doesn’t even have to close his shop for long because we keep wait times low. When he meets with one of our doctors, he shares his symptoms and how they are affecting his life. An examination takes place, including an ultrasound. Based on these results, Jack learns he has varicose vein issues, which are the cause of all his pain and discomfort.

Jack’s story may be fictional, but his experience isn’t. Many of our patients come in for a consultation before they even notice bulging varicose veins or a spider vein cluster. They just know that something is wrong, and they’ve tried everything else to relieve their pain. In a few treatments, we are often able to remove the problem, which would have only gotten worse without treatment. Recovery is quick, and many of our patients see excellent results very soon.

Don’t keep waiting for your discomfort to disappear. Vein issues can be painful and annoying to your everyday life before you ever even see a problem. If you are suffering from similar symptoms, book a consultation today.