HEAVY LEGS / OEDEMAS
HOW TO RELIEVE THEM?
Eight tips to relieve and preserve your legs
- Move, walk! Even at the office, stand up regularly and take a few steps. Sitting down, you can also move your feet by standing on your toes or rolling out your ankles.
- Play sports regularly, with appropriate shoes. Walking, swimming, biking, dancing, aqua biking promote venous and lymphatic return. Avoid sports such as tennis, squash, basketball and handball, which dilate the veins and slow down venous return.
- Have your legs drained regularly
- Avoid sources of heat: sunbathing, hot waxing, floor heating, hot baths, saunas…
- Favour low temperatures on the legs. End your showers with cold water on your legs. If you have the opportunity, walk in cool water.
- Limit salt and pay attention to your diet. Constipation and excess weight increase the pressure in your veins.
- Wear clothing that does not constrict at the waist, chest or calves. Restraints are professionally prescribed and do not fall into this category.
- Encourage venous return while sleeping. Raise the foot of your mattress by 10 to 15 cm. Sleep in a cool room.
When to consult your doctor?
Consult your doctor or health care professional if you experience pain.
Caution: If your legs become heavy or more painful, or if your veins become visible, an angiologist will be able to make an early diagnosis and implement preventive measures and treatment.
If you are pregnant, do seated work or are taking hormone-based medication, you need to keep an even closer eye on your legs.
Lymphatic drainage is a gentle and slow manual technique that stimulates the lymphatic system and venous return.
It has positive effects on heavy legs and oedemas of various origins. It acts on the evacuation, recovery and cleaning systems of the body (lymphatic, venous, digestive, skin, urinary). It helps to detoxify the body and acts on the immunity via the cleaning of lymph in the lymphatic nodes.
More information on lymphatic drainage here.
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