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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and Acupuncture treatment stimulates the body to restore the upward flow of vital energy to improve circulation, decrease pain and prevent/reduce formation of varicose and spider veins.

 

Vein treatment sessions are between 30-60 minutes in length depending on the area that is being treated.  Results are maximized with a combination of post-treatment massage and a program of at home exercises that are required to be performed twice a day for no more than 10 minutes.

 

How do your veins work?

Inside of your veins, there are one way valves that keep the blood flowing in one direction. When you walk, your leg muscles squeeze the veins, which pushes the blood up from your feet back to your heart. Once the blood reaches your heart, it is pumped to your lungs for oxygenation, then back to the heart to be pumped out to the rest of your body once more.Varicose veins and spider veins are due to damage in the leg blood vessels.  Sometimes these one way valves break, so the blood falls downward with gravity and pools up.

This damage can occur for a variety of reasons. One major reason is a sedentary lifestyle – you need to walk to squeeze the blood up.  Another common reason is weight. When you are overweight, the extra weight puts more pressure on your entire body, which makes it harder for your legs to squeeze the blood back to your heart and for your heart to pump as well.

One of the most common treatments for varicose veins is surgery where the veins are removed from the legs. However, this removal can cause issues because every surgery has associated risks. Also, once you remove the veins, you can develop problems like swelling because you no longer have the channels to get the blood back to your heart. It’s like shutting down the whole highway just because there is a traffic jam but not opening up another highway – the back roads get clogged up instead.

Acupuncture and acupressure can help alleviate varicose veins and spider veins as an alternative to surgery. All of these therapies help to improve circulation, which gets the pooled blood moving again to reduce their size and associated symptoms.

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