There is a common misconception associated with crossing your legs — many people believe that this comfortable seated position will actually cause Varicose Veins to develop. This is in fact false, and in reality standing for prolonged periods of time can be more likely to cause the condition rather than crossing your legs. If however, you are seated for a prolonged period of time you may begin to develop a more serious condition that occurs when blood flow is restricted, this is called Chronic Venous Insufficiency. This condition usually runs in your family but can also be caused as a result of sitting or standing for long periods of time.
What is CVI?
Chronic Venous Insufficiency or CVI is when your veins are unable to bring blood back to your heart. In normal functioning veins, the valves in your legs allow the blood to flow back to your heart; however, in cases of CVI the valves are not functioning properly. This causes blood to collect in your lower legs (as a result of gravity) and leads to the formation of varicose veins.
CVI and Fatigue?
A very common symptom of Chronic Venous INsufficiency is fatigue. This occurs because your heart is not getting the proper blood flow that it needs and this leads to you feeling energy deprived which causes the feeling of fatigue. Other symptoms associated with CVI include: heavy legs, swollen legs, tight or aching ankles, pain when walking, leg ulcers, and brown spotting near the ankle.
Exercises to Help Relieve Symptoms of CVI?
The best exercise to do to relieve the symptoms of CVI is walking. Walking promotes healthy blood circulation in your legs, which helps to pump blood up to your heart. Other exercises that can relieve the symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency include bicycling, light jogging, or stationary exercises such as lunges and leg lifts. It is important to note that while these exercises may help to relieve the symptoms associated with CVI they are not treatments. To better relieve your symptoms and promote healthy circulation it is recommended to get treatment done to treat your Chronic Venous Insufficiency.
Treatments for CVI are thermal laser ablation where the veins are sealed by heat, or non-thermal ablation where we seal the veins using different substances (ex. Liquid form, gel form). The non-thermal ablation treatments are superior to the thermal ones because they can be used to treat specific areas where the laser ablation cannot be used.
At Canada Vein Clinics we specialize in the treatment of varicose veins. We offer numerous treatments for this condition and help to find the best treatment for you. Book a consultation to find out more information! Give us a call today at 1-888-876-8346!