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Is Massage Bad For Varicose Veins?

August 19, 2021

You may be wondering whether a massage could help you with symptoms of varicose veins — or even help the veins heal. Or you may be at the other end of the spectrum wondering and asking yourself “Is massage bad for varicose veins? Could it make my varicose veins worse?”

The truth is, you can use massage along with the many treatment options that are available. You can make it part of your strategy. But to understand how to make massage a part of your treatment plan, it’s important to understand how varicose veins develop.

So, let’s take a closer look at the condition itself, and how massage may fit into your treatment.

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

From a medical standpoint, the underlying cause of varicose veins is chronic venous insufficiency. Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common vein condition that causes poor blood flow, and according to the Vascular Disease Foundation, it affects nearly 20% of adults. Venous insufficiency occurs when your vein walls or “valves” in your legs are not functioning properly. Your blood pools, instead of circulating throughout your legs. This causes painful swelling and skin color changes.

Will Massage Make Varicose Veins Go Away?

Massage therapy is not an effective treatment for chronic venous insufficiency and/or varicose veins. But massage may help reduce swelling or discomfort associated with chronic venous insufficiency. It will not recirculate your blood and “cure” your condition. At best, massaging the leg area around the affected veins will only make them feel better temporarily — it is not a medical or cosmetic treatment.

What Can Massage Do?

To reduce the pain and swelling, your massage therapist may use techniques such as lymphatic drainage and circulatory massage. These techniques increase general circulation and improve tissue nutrition and are said to be especially beneficial in addressing varicose veins. Circulatory techniques typically involve shorter strokes (about 3 inches long) that move the blood from valve to valve in the vein, and longer strokes to increase flow throughout the length of the vein. 

Treatment Options

Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. There are a lot of symptoms that can develop. But of all the things that make it hard to live with it, varicose vein pain may affect your quality of life the most.

North Ohio Heart - Varicose Vein Overview

Treatment is available at Ohio Medical Group. Most treatments for varicose veins are conducted under local anesthesia and provide excellent results without pain and lengthy recovery.

These procedures include:

  • Sclerotherapy: A solution will be injected into the unwanted vein, which shrinks and dissolves over time.
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy: Laser therapy is a good option if you have a fear of needles.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy: This minimally invasive procedure uses local anesthesia and very small incisions to remove large, bulging varicose veins.

The fact is that you don’t have to live with varicose veins anymore. There are many different treatment options available and you won’t have to worry about being off your feet for long periods of time. You can have a procedure done during your lunch hour — it’s that easy.  

If you’d like to learn more about vein disease, spider veins, varicose veins and treatments, download our free infographic.

Varicose Veins Infographic