How to Keep the Blood Flowing
- Posted on: Feb 14 2018
It’s something we don’t even think about — the blood coursing through our arteries and veins. Good circulation allows our tissues to get the nutrients they need and discard waste. Good circulation can prevent problems such as varicose veins and thrombosis.
You may think there’s little you can do to help your circulatory system do its job, but you’re wrong. Circulation can deteriorate with age and inactivity, especially in the legs where the veins have to push the blood upward against gravity. Here are some things you can do to improve your blood circulation.
For your veins to efficiently move de-oxygenated blood up the legs and back to the heart and lungs, they need the help of the muscles. Walking at any pace is beneficial to increasing blood circulation throughout the body because it makes your leg muscles contract. As they contract and relax, they squeeze the veins and help keep your circulation strong.
Regular stretching has numerous benefits as we age. Increasing flexibility and movement are good goals by themselves, but stretching also stretches the veins and arteries.
Notice how you sit
Do you cross your legs most of the time when you sit? This can decrease the circulation in your lower body. Sit with your legs spaced slightly apart and your feet on the floor. It helps to slightly elevate them, as well, six to 12 inches off the group on a stool or footrest.
Wear compression stockings
If your job has you standing all day or sitting, both can be tough on your circulation. Standing places a good deal of pressure on your legs, while sitting for prolonger periods provides too little movement. Compression stockings mimic the internal action of walking by causing the muscles in your legs to continuously contract and relax, stimulating blood flow.
Put down the cigarettes
Smoking can cause your feet and ankles to swell, and blood clots are common for smokers. It can also leave your heart functioning at a stressed level, which impacts your circulation.
Circulation’s our thing at Nevada Vein and Vascular. If you’re having leg pain or other signs of vascular issues, please give us a call at (775) 323-3000 to make an appointment.
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