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The Importance of Elevating Your Legs

When you’re lying down in bed or on the couch watching television, are your legs straight out in front of you? If so, you’re adding pressure to your legs and, maybe,  making your leg veins worse. After a long day of sitting at the computer, too much standing, and even wearing tight-fitting clothing or shapers, that’s the last thing your veins need.

If you have noticed those leg veins, make it a promise to yourself now to elevate your legs as much as possible. When you’re sleeping, when you’re lying on the couch for a night of TV or movie-viewing, and even if you can get horizontal for a little while during the day, arrange some pillows in a comfortable formation to get your legs elevated 6 to 12 inches above your heart.

Leg elevation, you’ll notice, feels good immediately. It takes the pressure off your leg veins first and foremost, encouraging the blood to flow out of your leg veins emptying them, and undoes the pressure of the day by giving your veins a break for a few hours as blood flow moves away from the legs and courses through the rest of your body.

If you have a willing partner, a brief leg massage while your legs are elevated is a blissful way to get rid of the day’s stress, giving your legs some much-needed TLC.

Elevation can and should also be done when you’re sitting for extended periods of time, such as at your work desk, in front of a computer, or in a car during a long ride. If you have to be sitting and can’t stand up and walk around as much as is healthy for your circulation, make it in an ergonomically-smart position that protects your veins.

As you experience the relaxation of elevated legs, you’ll find yourself doing it more and more, which is great self-care for your legs and smart varicose vein prevention.  Leg elevation is always a great way to reduce swelling in the legs.  It will not prevent varicose veins from starting but will make your legs look and feel much better.