Varicose Veins Massage

varicose veinsVaricose veins are veins that have become enlarged , dilated and tortuous. The term commonly refers to the superficial veins on the leg.

– Valves in veins prevent backflow of blood. When there is an increase in venous pressure, valves are unable to stop backflow which leads to impaired circulation

– Once venous pressure increases for long time, veins are permanently stretched

Causes of Varicose Veins: Varicose Veins Massage

Caused by impaired function of venous valves.

Habits that impair circulation: Varicose Veins Massage

  • Prolonged sitting
  • Prolonged standing
  • Sitting with the legs crossed
  • Increased pressure on pelvic veins
  • Excess weight
  • Pregnancy Varicose Veins Massage
  • Chronic constipation
  • Heavy lifting
  • Impaired / blocked bloodflow
  • DVT Varicose Veins Massage
  • Congenital venous malformation
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Abdominal tumours

Varicose Veins Massage Therapy Treatment:

  • No deep, specific techniques over the varicose veins — just gentle effleurage towards the heart
  • If painful, local massage is contraindicated
  • Local massage contraindicated for 24 hours after saline injections
  • If Homan’s sign is positive, refer out.
  • elevate legs with pillows (reduce swelling, relieve signs and symptoms)
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage on the Lower Extremeties
  • effleurage on the unaffected leg, then the affected leg
  • Passive ROM and Stretching of the Legs
  • Tractioning, and Joint play on Hips, Knees, Ankles

Considerations / Contraindications for Varicose Veins Massage Treatment:

  • Test client for Deep Vein Thrombosis ( Homan’s Sign) before proceeding with the massage treatment
  • No deep specific techniques
  • No local massage if the area is painful or sensitive
  • Do not compress abdominal aorta, when doing Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins

  • small clusters of veins in winding pattern, bluish, lumpy, bulging,  twisted, knotted
  • worsen with standing or sitting
  • worsen over time without treatment
  • heavy, tired restless or achy legs
  • night cramps
  • legs change colour, become irritated, form sores

 Self Care for Varicose Veins: Varicose Veins Massage

  • Prop feet up above heart 3-4 times a day for 15 minutes at a time
  • Flex legs when standing for a long time
  • Client may need to use Compression Stockings especially if their job involves standing for a long period of time Varicose Veins Massage