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5 Tips on How to Increase Blood Flow to Legs

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Cause for Bad Blood Flow and How to Increase it

Reduction in blood flow to your legs can cause many health-related problems. When all the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and oxygen don’t get transferred to their destination, you might experience a multitude of symptoms.

Usually, the symptoms include:

If you experience some of those, do not ignore them. The longer a person waits, the easier it is for the symptoms to progress and become unbearable. If action is taken in a timely manner, it becomes easier to treat or reduce them.

The Cause of Reduced Circulation in Legs

The biggest cause for bad blood flow can be attributed to the lifestyle being led by an individual.

Jobs that require a stationary (standing or sitting) position for eight or more hours, unhealthy eating habits, and minimal to no physical activity are the three primary reasons why reduced circulation occurs. Poor circulation can manifest as various disorders.

Blood Clots

Blood clots usually appear after an injury, although they are likely to form due to obesity, smoking, or liver and kidney disease. They are clumps of blood that restrict blood flow and prevent oxygen from reaching your tissue.

A blood clot, also known as a “clot” or a “thrombus,” causes swelling and fluid build-up. If not treated properly, the outcome could even be fatal.

Varicose Veins

If an individual has weak vein walls, varicose veins are more likely to appear. Females are at an increased risk, especially after pregnancy. Varicose veins can even be formed if a person previously had a blood clot and vice versa.

They are very noticeable, which usually leads to discomfort and loss of self-confidence.

Obesity

Obesity can put you at an Increased risk of developing varicose veins and blood clots. The additional pressure on the legs, extended time spent in stationary positions and reduced physical activity are the main causes of reduced circulation.

Diabetes

High blood sugar can lead to nerve and blood vessel damage. Diabetes can also cause cold or numb feet. More than 130 million adults are living with or are in the pre-diabetes stage in the US alone.

How to Increase Blood Flow to Legs?

Here at Restore Hyper Wellness, we believe in helping others become their best selves so they can do more of what they love. There is no better way to start than making small changes in your daily life. Sometimes the simplest, smallest beginnings can lead to massive changes.

1. Walking

In a world where driving is the primary mode of transportation, walking has taken a backseat in our day-to-day life. Walking provides a lot of benefits for those with poor blood flow to the legs. It can promote the formation of new blood vessels in the legs, which will lead to better blood flow.

2. Leg Extensions

If you’re working from a home office or spend long periods in a stationary position, leg extensions can do wonders for your long-term cardiovascular health. Take a few minutes and stretch your legs.

By doing leg extensions you will get fresh blood flow to your veins while increasing your flexibility at the same time. With regular stretching, you will greatly reduce the risk of blood clots.

3. A Massage

A massage is a great way to relax, first and foremost. Whether you’ve had a mentally or physically demanding period, it feels great to be in the skilled hands of a masseuse. Additionally, a massage can also get your blood flowing to your extremities, especially your legs.

4. Diet

Many people confuse “diet” with “starving yourself”. However, it simply means that you should change what you eat. Eating a plant-based diet or simply swapping out some meats for healthy substitutes goes a long way toward keeping your blood pressure in check.

5. Compression

Putting pressure on your legs can have a lot of benefits for circulation. Compression socks are common, but they are often tight and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is a better alternative, compression therapy.

Compression Therapy Promotes Better Circulation

Compression therapy for legs is done with special comfortable boots that wrap around your legs up to your upper quads and hamstrings. They slowly fill up with air and then decompress repeatedly. You can choose how tight you want the compression based on your comfort level.

The controlled pressure may help with circulation and blood flow, which leads to less numbness and tingling sensations in your legs.

Compression therapy may help with swelling by using pressure to move fluid up out of your legs and prevent it from accumulating. It can also help relieve swelling and pain associated with varicose veins.

If you want to try out compression therapy for leg-related discomfort and potential blood flow improvement, you can book an appointment at your local Restore Hyper Wellness.