Gymnastics for varicose veins

Therapeutic exercises for varicose veins of the lower extremities will help prevent further progression of the pathology and accelerate 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 and 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 carried out strictly according to the doctor's instructions, self-appointment is unacceptable.

What is the benefit, the efficiency?

First of all, gymnastics for the legs with varicose veins effectively fights 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 an increase in pressure and the formation of edema. In addition, a correctly selected physical therapy complex helps to accelerate weight loss, and a person achieves good results.

Exercises for varicose veins allow you to:

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

Complex physical therapy

General exercises

exercises for varicose veins

Before straightening, the bent legs must 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 limbs. The exercises are simple, they can all be done at home, after consulting a phlebologist. Useful and effective exercises are:

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

Leg exercises

lying with a roller under the feet with varicose veins

To unload the limb vessels, 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 physical therapy complex:

  • Lie on a flat surface, close your eyes, relax, put a roller under the lower limbs so that they rise from 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 the prone position, bend your legs at the knees, rest your feet on the surface. Breathing in, raise your upper body, touch your legs with your hands.
  • Hold a fitness ball between your knees. Perform the compression-opening of the limbs with elastic movements.
  • Lying near the wall, lean on it with your feet. Focusing the load on the feet, lift your hips, hold for 3-5 seconds, lower.

It is recommended to perform all leg exercises in the 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, a great 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 causes deterioration.

simulation of cycling with varicose veins

For the legs it is useful to perform an exercise in 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 check that the spine is pressed to the surface as much as possible.
  • Lying on your back, raise your legs to a level 45 degrees above the floor. Make crosses, imitating carving with scissors.
  • Lie on the surface, firmly press the shoulder blades to the floor, raise the hips, lower limbs as high as possible, hold this position until a feeling of fatigue appears.
  • Stand straight, with your feet shoulder-width apart, perform a semi-squat, trying not to fall below the position of the knee joints.
  • Sitting on the floor, put your hands behind your back, leaning on them. Bend the lower limb at the height of the joint, lift the other one off the ground, hold for 15-20 seconds, then switch legs.

A set of exercises for the upper limbs

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

  • Lying on the surface, place a roller under your head. Raise your hands, make fists, then relax.
  • In the same position, perform vibrational movements with the upper limbs.
  • Crossing your arms behind your head, rotate your torso in different directions.
  • Fan your fingers at least 25 times.
  • Stand up, the body will lean forward slightly, with the upper limbs they will perform wide cross swings.
  • Place a ball with spikes between the palms. Strongly squeeze-open, useful for successful treatment of varicose veins of the upper limbs.

Additional workouts

rolling from heel to toe with varicose veins

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

The following exercises for varicose veins are recommended as general prevention. The lessons are simple, so they can be done at home. The following exercises are effective:

  • In a standing position, roll on your feet, relying on your toes first, then your heels.
  • Walk in place, trying not to tear the 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 the contraction-relaxation of the muscles of the buttocks.
  • Jump on your toes, then walk on your heels.
  • Sitting on a chair, he in turn raises his legs, rotating them at the height of 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 all sports are allowed with such a diagnosis. In order not to cause complications, the best solution in this situation is to visit a phlebologist and coordinate the training complex with him. The safe types of exercises for varicose veins are:

Exercises on a treadmill for varicose veins
  • swimming and water aerobics;
  • yoga, shaping, stretching;
  • sporting walks;
  • ride a bicycle;
  • golf.

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

If the doctor allows, the exercises can be performed using simulators. They are considered effective:

  • elliptical trainer;
  • exercise bicycle;
  • step by step.

What exercises can not be done with varicose veins?

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

  • squats;
  • the concept of heavyweights, barrels;
  • long jump and high jump;
  • step aerobics;
  • intense running.

Precautionary measures

In order for physical exercises to bring maximum benefit and not cause negative consequences, it is recommended to wear compression, underwear and support socks during exercise, thanks to which normal pressure in the vessels is maintained 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 cannot be performed. It is especially worth paying attention to if you are worried about leg pain, swelling. In this case, it is necessary to urgently contact a phlebologist and exclude the loads for a while until the conditions return to normal. An anti-varicose diet will help enhance the effect of physical 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 the veins varicose and protect the health of the veins.