As summer arrives, the hot weather can often intensify the symptoms of varicose veins. However, by implementing appropriate self-care measures and engaging in suitable activities, you can effectively manage these symptoms. The team of experts at Dr. Smile Medical Group offers the following comprehensive advice to help you alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins and enjoy the pleasures of summer:
Swimming is an excellent low-impact exercise that can both work out the muscles throughout your body and improve your cardiovascular fitness, contributing to improved venous return. The water’s pressure can support your body, relieving pressure in your legs, which can in turn reduce leg swelling and discomfort. For patients with varicose veins, swimming is an ideal summer activity.
While the summer heat might deter you from going outside, the temperature in the morning or evening is relatively cool, making these ideal times for a walk or brisk walk. This mild aerobic exercise can stimulate circulation in your legs while also allowing you to enjoy the beauty of nature. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and use a sun umbrella or hat as needed.
Yoga is a holistic exercise method that can be greatly beneficial for managing the symptoms of varicose veins. In particular, yoga postures that elevate the legs, such as leg lifts, can help promote blood flow back to the heart and alleviate venous stasis in the lower limbs. Moreover, yoga is also known for its significant stress-reducing and relaxing effects.
Hot summer weather can easily lead to dehydration, which can affect blood circulation and exacerbate varicose vein symptoms. Therefore, it is vital to maintain adequate hydration. Try to carry a bottle of water with you, so you can hydrate at any time, whether you’re at home or out and about.
5. Wearing Compression Stockings
Wearing compression stockings is an effective way to relieve the symptoms of varicose veins. These stockings can provide gentle compression to your legs, aiding in the return of blood to your heart, and reducing swelling and discomfort in your legs. If you find compression stockings too warm in the summer, you can opt for thinner styles or wear them during the cooler times of the day, such as mornings and evenings.
It should be emphasized that while the above activities and self-care tips can be helpful for many patients with varicose veins, everyone’s situation is unique. Before you start a new exercise or modify your lifestyle, we recommend that you consult with a doctor or healthcare professional.
At Dr. Smile Medical Group, we are committed to providing the highest quality of treatment and care for patients with varicose veins. Through these recommendations, we hope you can comfortably manage your varicose vein symptoms during the summer and enjoy a healthy, happy summer life.
Dr. Smile Medical Group is the largest chain of vein centers in Asia, founded in 2014 and headquartered in Shanghai. With a presence in 13 cities across China, including Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, the group has established itself as a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge technology for the diagnosis and treatment of various types of varicose veins. Dr. Smile’s personalized approach includes a hemodynamic assessment and a focus on different types of varicose veins, ensuring that each patient receives customized treatment. The group is also responsible for the CHIVA global certification and training program, demonstrating its dedication to excellence in the field of venous care. With thousands of patients treated every year, Dr. Smile has become a leading authority in the field, and its experts are regularly invited to participate in CME and global venous forums to share their expertise and insights with fellow practitioner.