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Is it safe to get a massage when you have vein issues?

Physiotherapist giving knee therapy to a womanThere are few things better than a massage. Just imagining the dim lights, the soft music, the warm sheets, and the smell of oil can help reduce your stress. If you’ve ever had a good massage, you know that once it’s over, your whole body feels like Jell-o. Everything tight is loose and free, and all the stress and tension are gone.

You might wonder if massage therapy can help if you have vein problems like varicose or spider veins. There are a few benefits of massage therapy for people with vein issues.

  • It can help reduce pain and stuffiness. Massage therapy can not get rid of vein health issues. Only vein treatment can do that. But some of the accompanying issues like swelling, leg and joint pain can benefit from regular massage therapy.
  • It can help reduce stress. Stress is bad for your vein health. Constant stress puts extra pressure on your veins and can exacerbate vein problems. Regular self-care and activities that reduce stress like massage therapy are a great way to lower your blood pressure and improve your vein health.

Massage therapy can be a powerful tool for helping relieve some of the symptoms of vein problems like varicose and spider veins, but it should not be considered a treatment. In some cases, massage therapy can be dangerous. Here are a few things to watch out for if you are undergoing massage therapy and have vein problems.

  • Stay away from deep tissue massage. Spider veins are very delicate to touch and can burst, or the vein can be further damaged from deep tissue massage techniques. In some severe cases, blood clots can be released back into the bloodstream from deep tissue massage.
  • Make sure you work with a therapist who is trained to work around vein problems. Be wary of any therapist who claims that massage therapy can cure vein issues. It can’t. A trained massage therapist should know to avoid or only lightly touch the area around varicose or spider veins to avoid causing further damage.

If you are considering massage therapy for help with your vein health symptoms, make sure to make an appointment with our doctors first. Massage therapy can be beneficial for your overall health and help with some of the symptoms of vein problems, but it isn’t a cure. The only thing that can do that is treatment from vein specialists, like our doctors.

Call us today to book your consultation, and we’ll see what we can do to provide some relief for your vein issues.

Are vein issues keeping you up at night?

Insomnia 2If there was one thing you could do that would instantly improve your life, what would it be?

Eat healthier? Exercise more? Drink more water? These are great ideas, but the best thing you can do to improve your life is to get more sleep.

Sleep is hard for a lot of us. Here are just a few sleep facts from the American Sleep Association that might surprise you.

  • 50-70% of US adults have a sleep disorder
  • 37.9% of adults have reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day
  • 35.3% of adults surveyed reported less than 7 hours of sleep during a 24 hour period

These are just a few of the sobering facts about sleep. The reality is, most of us are not getting the right kind of sleep or enough of it. The average US adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep. But how many of us actually get that much?

Sleep is important. It helps your body rest, reduces stress, and improves your health. Many of our patients struggle with sleep. A lot of vein health issues that we see can have negative effects on your sleep. Watch for these symptoms:

  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Hot, itchy skin
  • Restless legs
  • Feeling like ants are crawling up your legs
  • Leg cramps

These are just a few of the vein symptoms that can wreak havoc on your sleep. Poor sleep is disruptive to your life and your health. It’s been linked to chronic illness, obesity, depression, and anxiety. So what can you do to improve your sleep? Try a few of these tips.

  • Exercise more
  • Drink more water during the day and not right before bed
  • Get more sunlight
  • Stay off your phone and away from screens a few hours before bed
  • Establish a regular bedtime and routine
  • Reduce your caffeine intake, especially later in the day
  • Stop napping
  • Reduce your alcohol intake

These tips will help you get better and restorative sleep, but they won’t get rid of the vein-related symptoms that may wake you up. The only way to address those issues is to seek vein treatment.

Please make an appointment with our clinic. We’ll start with an ultrasound to find any underlying issues that may be causing your symptoms. Then our doctors will recommend a treatment plan to help get rid of the problem.

Vein-related health problems like varicose or spider veins will only get worse without treatment. Don’t wait until these issues have completely disrupted your life. If they are already affecting your sleep quality, then it’s time to make an appointment.

Do you have questions about endovenous laser treatment?

38595067 - doctor showing varicose veins from an elderly womanEndovenous laser ablation or EVLA is a standard treatment option for varicose vein issues. In recent years it has emerged as one of the top treatment options based on its effectiveness, affordability, and results. Many of our patients have gotten great results using this option.

When considering any medical procedure, it’s natural to be nervous and to have questions. We thought it might be helpful to answer some of the most common questions about EVLA that we get. If you don’t find the answers you need here, book a consultation to talk to our doctors in person.

  • How does EVLA work? Using ultrasound guidance, your doctor will insert a thin laser fiber into the vein. The heat and light from this laser will cause the offending vein to contract, which obliterates the damaged parts of the vein and blockages. The procedure is relatively quick, usually taking an hour or two. This technique requires great skill and experience. Our doctors have been practicing this technique for many years and can provide excellent results for their patients.
  • Does it hurt? We do our best to make sure your experience is pain-free. We offer sedation and local anesthesia to help mitigate the pain. Your vitals are carefully monitored throughout the whole procedure, and supplemental oxygen will be given. After treatment, you may feel sore and achy for a few days or up to two weeks. Over the counter pain relievers are often useful for managing your discomfort.
  • How long does recovery take? Recovery after EVLA is quick. You’ll be up and walking that same day. Walking will be part of your home care instructions. Use ice packs on the injection sites for 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. You’ll also be asked to wear compression stockings for a week or two. It may be longer, depending on the severity of your condition. Light activity is the best way to keep your blood flowing, but we recommend you avoid running, jumping, or lifting anything substantial for two weeks. You’ll also have to avoid hot baths and keep your incision sites out of water for at least 48 hours.
  • Is there a chance of complications? Complications from EVLA treatment are rare. Most patients experience minor temporary pain and swelling. You’ll want to get checked out if you spot redness, warmth, or fluid leaking at the incision site. It could be a sign of infection. Also, watch for signs of new swelling or if your swelling continues to get worse.
  • Will it work? EVLA treatment may not be a permanent fix for your varicose veins issues. Some patients do experience recurring problems, but most find that their results last. It’s important to remember that varicose veins are recurring. Research has consistently shown that EVLA is highly effective for the treatment of varicose veins.

Every patient’s needs are unique. That’s why you should always choose the option that is best for you. Our doctors have performed numerous treatments to deliver exceptional results to patients. They will thoroughly explain each option to you and help you pick what works best for your body. If you have questions, please book an appointment to see what our team can do.

Can you shave your legs when you have varicose veins?

Full-length photo of woman in white coat shaving her legs in bathThere’s nothing worse than nicking yourself while shaving your legs. We’ve all done it. A tiny little slip, and you’ve got a cut. It can be tricky to shave your legs without cutting yourself, especially around those dang ankle bones! But when you have varicose veins, shaving can be even trickier.

Varicose veins are blocked veins that start to bulge and protrude out. In severe cases, they can form a large vein bulge that is not only painful and irritating but can also make shaving your legs very difficult. It’s hard to navigate around the bulging vein. If you happen to nick the vein and cut yourself, it will bleed significantly more than the average shaving cut, especially in a warm shower or bath, which will increase the bleeding.

How much blood can you expect when you nick a varicose vein? That depends. In some cases, affected veins may spontaneously burst and bleed on their own. Often there is usually only a small amount, and you can elevate your leg and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. But in some cases, the bleeding may be excessive, and you will need to seek medical treatment. It all depends on the pressure inside the damaged vein and the severity of the damage to the vein walls. That’s why you should always seek treatment for varicose veins before they become large and potentially dangerous.

So what hair removal options are the safest? Not very many. Two popular hair removal options, waxing and an epilator, are not recommended when you have large varicose veins. The heat from waxing can irritate the affected veins and your skin. An epilator, a device that pulls hair out by the root, can cause varicose veins to bleed. Your safest hair removal options are using a razor designed for dry skin or laser hair removal.

If hair removal is a challenge for you because of varicose veins, it’s time to seek treatment. We offer a few treatments for varicose vein removal, including endovenous laser ablation and microphlebectomy. These treatments are fast, easy to recover from and give you great results. If you miss the feeling of silky smooth, freshly shaved legs, it’s time to get rid of your varicose veins once and for all!

10 ways to prepare for your vein treatment appointment

Senior woman patient seated in the hospital waiting room with meThe big day is here! It’s time for your first vein treatment. Are you feeling a little nervous? That’s okay. Many of our patients are when it’s their first treatment. We thought that a handy checklist on how to prepare for before and after your treatment might help.

  1. Make sure you understand your treatment. We know that your initial consultation might be a little overwhelming. There’s so much information. Our doctors are great at explaining the procedures clearly, but we know you may still have questions. Give us a call if you’re still nervous. We’ll do our best to make sure you know what is going to happen.
  2. Bring a partner. Even if you think you don’t need a partner to support you, we always encourage you to have one, especially if you undergo sedation for the procedure. It’s also best to have some support and someone who knows your medical history and can advocate for you if needed.
  3. Wear comfortable clothes. You will be a little sore after your procedure, so bust out those sweatpants. We recommend easy to slip on shoes as well to avoid bending over.
  4. Make sure you have all your insurance and procedure paperwork completed. Our reception team and billing team will help you stay on top of this!
  5. Get your compression stockings. Please don’t wait until after the procedure to buy compression stockings. They are a vital part of your aftercare. Your doctor will specify which type you may need and provide instructions for wearing them.
  6. Stock up the fridge. The last thing you need to worry about should be cooking dinner. Though recovery is quick, it’s still a good practice to do a little meal prep beforehand.
  7. Buy some new walking shoes. Walking is one of the best things you can do after treatment. Your doctor will work with you to outline a plan for returning to exercise, and it will include walking!
  8. Stock up on healthy fluids. After a medical procedure, it’s important to stay hydrated. We recommend drinking lots of water and other healthy fluids.
  9. Prepare a comfortable spot to put your feet up. Don’t expect to be on the couch for long. Most patients recover within a day or two, but you still may want to put your feet up for a bit. Grab some pillows and a comfortable blanket for some downtime.
  10. Be ready to show off your legs. It may take a few sessions, but before you know it, you’re going to see fantastic results. So buy that new skirt, swimsuit or shorts. It’s time to show off your legs!

If you are just starting on your vein treatment journey, follow this list and your doctor’s recommendations. Aftercare is an important part of getting good treatment results, and it’s up to you!