Massage and Varicose Veins

Posted on September 26th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Many wonder if massage therapy can be enjoyed with varicose veins. The answer is yes. Contrary to what some believe, it’s not a contraindication for massage therapy. Varicose veins are veins that have become large and twisted. Usually the veins of the legs are affected, but varicose veins can pop up other places in the body too. Many clients with varicose veins may consider them to be only a cosmetic issue; however they can be painful, achy and cause fatigue in the legs. Another nuisance to varicose veins is cramping in the calf muscles, especially at night.

Bodywork can be an very effective supportive modality for clients with varicose veins. The moment when precaution should occur is when there is the presence of broken skin. In addition to hands on work, clients will benefit from lifestyle changes. Which include exercise, support stockings and nutritional and herbal remedies too.

When Massage Therapist work on a client who has varicose veins, the area should not be avoided, but addressed with appropriate techniques. These techniques can improve the condition of the surrounding tissue while reducing restrictions in other parts of the body.

*Reference*
Massage Today
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05

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