Which exercise is the best for spiders’ veins?

6th April 2018 by Daryll Baker0
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Spiders veins, known medically as telangiectasias, are clusters of small blood vessels which develop near the surface of the skin. These tiny vessels are typically purple, red or blue in appearance and resemble a spider’s web, hence their name.

This common condition is caused by structural abnormalities of the blood vessels, which can be caused by poor blood circulation.

Whilst spiders’ veins can be treated, typically by compression stockings to help improve the circulation by increasing pressure in the legs, a regular exercise program and weight loss can help reduce the symptoms of spiders’ veins.

Walking

Walking is one of the best exercises you can do to help improve the symptoms of spider’s veins. This low-impact exercise strengthens and stretches the leg muscles and improves the flow of blood. Walking at a fairly brisk pace regularly can significantly improve the condition of the veins.

Cycling

The motion of cycling works out the calf muscles, thereby improving the calf pump blood flow. Whether it’s on an outdoor bike or a stationary one, cycling is a great form of exercise for improving spider’s veins and vascular health. The great thing about cycling is that, unlike other types of exercise, it doesn’t jolt the joints or bones.

Yoga

Yoga stretches the muscles and gets the blood moving around the body, boosting our overall circulation. Many yoga stretches require the legs to be raised above the heart, which helps the blood drain from the lower legs, and by doing so improving circulation and alleviating symptoms associated with spider’s veins.

Jogging

Jogging at a gentler pace than running gives the circulation a kick start without the negative implications to the bones and joints running can cause. Jogging helps the blood pump up from the legs, eliminate toxins and give our hearts a healthy workhout. By improving the blood circulation, jogging can be a great form of exercise to help combat problems associated with spider’s veins.

If you would like to talk to a vascular health expert about spider’s veins or other vascular problems, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, specialists in treating vascular conditions.


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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.

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