Massage and varicose veins
17 aug 2021
Is it possible to do massage with varicose veins
Massage is a great way to pamper yourself and relax. Our patients wonder if massage can help with symptoms of varicose veins or even help veins heal. People with varicose veins often struggle with itching, throbbing, cramping, and heaviness in their legs. Compression hosiery is an excellent method of prevention. Compression pressure increases the outflow of venous blood.
It turns out that pressure on the leg and on the veins is a necessary measure in the treatment of varicose veins. However, there is no equal sign between these mechanisms of action of knitwear and massage. If the compression hosiery acts evenly on the leg, then the massage acts locally. Pressure during massage will not heal varicose veins or improve leg condition.
Massage is not effective in the treatment of varicose veins. Varicose veins cause venous insufficiency, a condition in which the venous walls and valves inside the saphenous veins do not function as they should. This means that blood accumulates in unhealthy veins instead of circulating through the legs. There is a deformation of the veins, they become visible. Over time, painful swelling and discoloration of the skin appear.
Massage therapy is effective in relieving the swelling and discomfort associated with venous insufficiency, but will not restore the valves and certainly will not cure. Massaging the legs around the affected veins will temporarily improve well-being. This does not apply to medical or cosmetic treatments.
Massage does not affect varicose veins and spider veins in any way. This is just one of the myths around the problem. Massage does not worsen varicose veins, increase spider veins and, moreover, cannot cause deep vein thrombosis. But patients with deep vein thrombosis are not indicated, so you should refrain from it in the acute period of the disease.
If you notice any manifestations of varicose veins, come to us for a consultation.
We will establish the correct diagnosis of varicose veins and together with you we will choose the best method of treatment.
Feel free to enjoy any type of massage without fear. Make an appointment online, do not postpone the problem "for later".