There is a lot of information about varicose veins. In the world, specialized narrow-profile clinics began to open, the functioning of which is aimed at combating this pathology. It is easy to conclude that if special clinics began to open for the treatment of varicose veins, it means that the problem has become widespread.
Let's try to figure out what massage is for varicose veins and whether it can be used to get rid of this pathology.
What is the attitude of specialists to massage in the presence of vein pathology? It should be noted that doctors react with restraint and rather cautious. Not any massage can be used to combat varicose veins. And in some cases, massage is completely contraindicated.
Its use is highly recommended for prophylaxis. This is especially true for those who are at increased risk of varicose veins.
Reference!Massage for varicose veins can help in the situation, and it can make it even worse. You can only trust your feet to an experienced massage therapist, a professional in their field.
Types of massage for varicose veins of the legs
If varicose veins are diagnosed, then massage is considered to be one of the most popular and well-known methods of treatment. In practice, there are several types of massage, each of which is aimed at stimulating blood circulation in the legs. It is recommended to contact specialists who are trained in all the intricacies of working with this disease.
The massage course allows you to:
- Cope with swelling, cramps and numbness.
- Relieve tension in the legs.
- Increase vascular tone.
- Normalize blood flow.
The most famous and effective types of massage will be described below. Thanks to them, it is possible to normalize blood flow in the lower extremities, reduce pain, as well as discomfort in the legs.
With this type of massage, the effect on the vessels is carried out through irritation of the skin with a vacuum. Cupping massage allows you to increase muscle tone, improve muscle elasticity, they begin to contract vigorously, as a result, blood circulation is normalized.
Massage helps to cope with pain, eliminate congestion, and normalize metabolic processes in tissues. Small bleeding spots may appear on the skin - this is normal.
The duration of treatment, as well as the places where the banks will be applied, are prescribed by the attending physician on an individual basis.
Such banks can be installed in 2 ways:
- The skin is softened by applying petroleum jelly or cream, jars with lit cotton wool are installed.
- They resort to using a vacuum apparatus, it consists of a can and a balloon, which allows you to create a vacuum.
During the procedure, the patient can be in a lying or sitting position. The duration of the session is 10-15 minutes. When the cans are removed, the skin is lubricated with a nourishing cream, and the patient is covered with a woolen blanket.
Important!This massage is prohibited for patients diagnosed with heart disease and hypertension.
This type of massage is allowed only in the initial stages of the disease. If the disease has already started, then self-massage is strictly prohibited.
The massage technique is simple. You can do it at home or during breaks at work.
The patient sits on the sofa, with one leg on the floor and the other extended. The massage begins by stroking the thigh upward from the knee. Then you can start kneading the skin. The surface of the thigh should be massaged and squeezed with your fingers until the skin begins to redden and a pleasant warmth appears. Next, you should shake your leg a couple of times.
At work, at lunchtime, you can also pay attention to the lower leg and massage it for 5 minutes.
Hydromassage is a massage of the legs not with jerks, but with smooth movements using jets of water of a pleasant temperature, which is supplied under high pressure.
This type of massage can be performed using a special hydromassage (shower), or at home using a regular shower. Especially useful are procedures with a contrasting water temperature, when warm jets are replaced by cool ones.
The purpose of hydromassage for varicose veins is to obtain uniform reddening of the skin of the legs by rubbing the thighs and legs with jets of water supplied under high pressure.
To prevent further development of the disease, as well as to effectively shorten the recovery period, the doctor may prescribe a manual medical massage. Before starting the session, you need to prepare for the procedure. To do this, the following recommendations will help you:
- before the start of the massage, you need to allow your legs to rest: lie down for 10 minutes, it is advisable to place your legs on a hill;
- it is better to do massage in the morning, after exercise therapy. This will significantly improve the result;
- during treatment, the patient should be comfortable (he should not be accompanied by unpleasant / painful sensations);
- if there are contraindications, the session should be canceled.
The method of massage is chosen by the doctor, taking into account some factors: the degree of venous damage, the location of varicose veins, and only after the diagnosis of the patient.
The following techniques are applicable to medical massage:
- continuous stroking of the skin of the enveloping, as well as planar nature;
- shaking legs and rubbing muscles;
- slight tingling.
During the session, the patient is in a supine position, the legs are bent at the knees. It can also lie on its stomach with outstretched legs. In the area where there are problems, strong tingling and patting of the skin is not allowed.
When massage is viewed as a method to combat cellulite, it is difficult to single out any one technique. For medical workers, courses on anti-cellulite massage are also taught honey, vacuum massage, percussion, as well as lymphatic drainage techniques.
Anti-cellulite massage for varicose veins using force, pressure or blows is strictly prohibited. Doctors can authorize lymphatic drainage if done during a complex treatment.
Lymphatic massage directly affects the affected area. Thanks to the procedure, you can normalize blood circulation, stimulate the microcirculation of blood and lymph.
Reference!The lymphatic drainage procedure for varicose veins should be performed under the strict supervision of a doctor: only he can correctly assess what load is needed in each case.
Massage with honey for varicose veins is not recommended, as it sometimes provokes additional pain.
Very often, in the fight against pathology, they resort to the proven methods of Tibetan medicine. An example is the "Guasha" procedure, which consists of a massage using a specialized plate. This plate is made of buffalo horn or special stones, pre-soaked with a mixture of essential oils and certain herbs from Tibet.
Reference!"Guasha" literally translates "scraping" on the patient's body. During the session, the body relaxes, pain from the manifestations of varicose veins decreases, toxins are effectively removed from the skin.
To achieve the maximum effect of the procedure, certain rules should be followed (for example, do not swim for 1 - 3 days). After the session, traces remain on the skin, similar to those after a cupping massage.
In order to prevent the development of varicose veins, LPG therapy with an apparatus can be used. Thanks to its use, you can achieve:
- Reducing the load on the veins.
- Improving tissue elasticity.
- Normalization of blood flow.
LPG massage has contraindications for varicose veins: this procedure cannot be prescribed in severe stages of the disease. Only the initial and 2nd stages allow using this method of treatment.
Contraindications for massage with varicose veins
Massage with this pathology is not always acceptable. There are a number of contraindications for which the appointment of sessions is unacceptable. Below are the reasons for postponing a visit to a massage therapist:
- thrombophlebitis / thrombosis of the vessels of the legs;
- increased body temperature;
- inflammatory processes;
- infectious diseases.
You should clearly adhere to the doctor's recommendations and indications for the use of a particular type of massage.
At the first signs of the disease, or if you are at an increased risk of developing varicose veins, it is recommended to undergo massage sessions for prevention. Spot treatment allows at the initial stage to cope with the disease completely and prevent that varicose veins will have to be treated only with the help of an operation.