Gymnastics for varicose veins

Therapeutic exercises for varicose veins of the lower extremities will help prevent further progression of the pathology and speed up recovery. Even with the diagnosis of "varicose veins", physiotherapy exercises are necessarily included in the scheme of conservative therapy. If you regularly perform a set of exercises, it will be possible not only to strengthen the veins and restore their former elasticity, but also to lose weight, which is important in such a pathological condition.

exercise for varicose veins


Gymnastics for varicose veins of the lower extremities is recommended for all patients as a preventive measure, as well as to prevent dangerous complications. Moderate physical activity stimulates the functioning of internal organs, normalizes blood circulation, and helps strengthen diseased blood vessels. In some situations, even minimal loads are prohibited, so all workouts are performed strictly according to the doctor's indications, self-appointment is unacceptable.

What is the benefit, efficiency?

First of all, gymnastics for the legs with varicose veins effectively fights against the stagnation of venous blood. If the vessels do not function normally, the process of removing fluid from the body will be disrupted, which will lead to increased pressure and the formation of edema. In addition, a correctly selected exercise therapy complex helps to accelerate weight loss, and a person gets good results.

Exercises for varicose veins make it possible to:

  • regulate venous, lymphatic outflow;
  • make a person physically hardy;
  • normalize arterial circulation;
  • increase the tone and elasticity of blood vessels;
  • get rid of edema.

Complex exercise therapy

General exercises

exercises for varicose veins

Before straightening, bent legs need to be raised.

Such a complex is universal, indicated for the expansion of the venous vessels of the small pelvis, as well as the upper and lower extremities. The exercises are simple, all of them can be done at home, after consulting with a phlebologist. Useful, effective exercises are:

  • Lying on the surface, bend the leg, pulling it as close to the chest as possible. Next, straighten, stretch up, fixing in position for 3-5 seconds. Lower the limb and repeat the same with the second.
  • In the same position, both limbs, bent at the knee, raise. Then straighten, linger for 5-7 seconds, return to the starting position.
  • Lying with your back on the surface, raise even lower limbs, perform rotational movements with your feet, then bend and unbend your fingers.
  • Sitting on a chair, rest your heels on the surface, and move your socks in opposite directions.
  • Lying on your stomach, slowly raise your straight leg, concentrating the load in the muscles of the thighs and buttocks.
  • Leaning on the heels, and then on the toes, move along the surface for 2-3 minutes.
  • Raising your legs high for 10 minutes. walk in place.

Leg exercises

lying with a roller under your feet with varicose veins

To unload the vessels of the limbs, you need to put a roller under them and lie down like that.

When varicose veins on the legs are diagnosed, it is recommended to include the following exercises in the exercise therapy complex:

  • Lie down on a flat surface, close your eyes, relax, put a roller under your lower limbs so that they rise above the floor. Stay in this position for 15-20 minutes. Such exercises for the legs with varicose veins will help unload the veins, normalize the outflow of blood.
  • In a prone position, bend your legs at the knees, rest your feet on the surface. Inhaling, raise the upper body, touch the legs with your hands.
  • Hold a fitness ball between your knees. Perform squeezing-unclenching of the limbs with springy movements.
  • Lying near the wall, lean on it with your feet. Concentrating the load in the feet, raise the hips, hold for 3-5 seconds, lower.

All leg exercises are recommended to be done in a prone position.

The best exercises for the pelvic organs

With the development of varicose veins of the small pelvis, stretching is recommended before starting training, which is performed while sitting or lying down. For example, an excellent option for stretching is incomplete twine, but if a person has a progressive stage, it is better to seek the advice of a doctor, because in this situation, improper physical activity provokes deterioration.

simulation of cycling with varicose veins

For the legs, it is useful to perform an exercise with an imitation of cycling.

Such physical education is useful for varicose veins:

  • In a sitting position, raise the lower limbs, imitate cycling. It is necessary to control that the spine is pressed to the surface as much as possible.
  • Lying on your back, raise your legs at a level of 45 degrees above the floor. Perform crosses, imitating carving with scissors.
  • Lie down on the surface, press the shoulder blades firmly to the floor, raise the hips, lower limbs as high as possible, hold in this position until a feeling of fatigue appears.
  • Stand up straight, with your feet shoulder-width apart, perform a semi-squat, trying not to fall below the location of the knee joints.
  • Sitting on the floor, place your hands behind your back, leaning on them. Bend the lower limb at the joint, raise the other above the floor, hold for 15-20 seconds, then change legs.

A set of exercises for the upper limbs

To prevent further progression of varicose veins in the hands, it is useful to regularly do such a set of workouts:

  • Lying on the surface, place a roller under your head. Raise your hands, clench into fists, then relax.
  • In the same position, perform vibrational movements with the upper limbs.
  • Crossing your arms at the back of your head, turn your torso in different directions.
  • Perform a fan movement with your fingers at least 25 times.
  • Get on your feet, the body will tilt forward a little, with the upper limbs perform wide cross swings.
  • Place a ball with spikes between the palms. Squeeze-unclench it with force, which is useful for the successful treatment of varicose veins of the upper extremities.

Additional workouts

rolling from heel to toe with varicose veins

For prevention purposes, rolls from heel to toe are made.

The following exercises for varicose veins are recommended as a general prevention. Classes are simple, so they are allowed to do at home. The following exercises are effective:

  • In a standing position, perform rolls on the feet, relying first on the toes, then on the heels.
  • Walk in place, trying not to tear your socks off the surface.
  • Keeping your back straight, raise and lower your shoulders.
  • Raising your arms, stretch as high as possible on your toes.
  • Lying on your stomach, perform contraction-relaxation of the muscles of the buttocks.
  • Jump on your toes, then walk on your heels.
  • Sitting on a chair, take turns raising your legs, rotating them at the knee joints.

What exercises can you do?

With varicose veins, physical activity is necessary, because it is thanks to it that it will be possible to improve blood circulation and prevent stagnant processes. However, not every sport is allowed with such a diagnosis. In order not to provoke complications, the best solution in this situation is to visit a phlebologist and coordinate the training complex with him. Safe types of exercises for varicose veins are:

treadmill exercises for varicose veins
  • swimming and water aerobics;
  • yoga, shaping, stretching;
  • sports walking;
  • Biking;
  • golf.

With such a pathology, it is allowed to engage in an elliptical trainer.

If the doctor allows, exercises can be done using simulators. The following are considered effective:

  • elliptical trainer;
  • exercise bike;
  • stepper.

What exercises can not be done with varicose veins?

For patients diagnosed with varicose veins, the doctor will definitely make a list of loads that should be avoided. It is strictly contraindicated to engage in professional power sports, in addition, prohibited exercises for varicose veins are:

  • squats;
  • the concept of heavy weights, rods;
  • long jump and high jump;
  • step aerobics;
  • intense running.

Precautionary measures

In order for physical exercises to bring maximum benefit and not provoke negative consequences, it is recommended to wear compression, supportive underwear and stockings during exercise, thanks to which normal pressure is maintained in the vessels and there are no sudden jumps. The doctor will help you choose the type of underwear or stockings, taking into account the individual characteristics of the patient's body.

If you feel unwell, even the lightest exercises can not be done. It is especially worth being careful if you are worried about pain in the legs, swelling. In this case, you need to urgently contact a phlebologist and exclude loads for a while until the condition returns to normal. An anti-varicose diet will help improve the effect of exercise therapy, in which the menu is enriched with products containing rutin, fiber and vitamins P, C, A, E. Thanks to this integrated approach, it will be possible to prevent further progression of varicose veins and protect the health of the veins.