Massage therapy has a whole host of benefits when it comes to easing the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. It helps to reduce stress, reduce pain and muscle tension, improve circulation, optimise immune function and even lower your heart rate and blood pressure. But does massage help varicose veins? When done correctly, it absolutely can.
Within this article we will explore:
The benefits and limitations of massage for varicose veins
How to correctly massage someone with varicose veins
How to treat varicose veins.
The benefits of massage for varicose veins
When the correct techniques are used, massage is perfect for helping to increase circulation by moving the blood through the veins and improving tissue nutrition. A therapy session that incorporates both circulatory and lymphatic drainage techniques will help to reduce swelling and congestion within the veins, and relieve aches and pains associated with this condition.
Although massage can provide relief from aches and pains, it isn’t a miracle cure for varicose veins. In fact, it can only provide temporary symptomatic relief and it will not make the veins any less visible, get rid of them or prevent new varicose veins forming.
If you are looking for effective long-term relief from your varicose veins you will need the help of a specialist venous consultant surgeon. He or she will be able to advise you on the best treatment options available, assess your leg veins and treat them using the most suitable procedure for your diagnosis. In most cases, treatment is performed under local anaesthetic as a walk-in-walk-out procedure with fast recovery times.
How to massage someone with varicose veins
If you have varicose veins, you should always use a registered massage therapist who is qualified to perform vascular massage therapy. This is the most suitable type of massage for varicose veins; however, it’s not safe for all patients with venous conditions, so consult your GP before booking a massage session.
What is vascular massage therapy?
Vascular massage therapy is a type of massage used to help improve blood circulation, meaning oxygen and nutrients can be delivered to the cells throughout the body and waste products removed from the blood. The main technique involves applying short strokes in order to move blood around the circulatory system.
Vascular massage works well to relieve the symptoms of varicose veins when performed alongside manual lymphatic drainage. This technique moves lymph fluid that contains water, proteins, fats, and white blood cells into lymph vessels located throughout the body.
How to treat varicose veins
There are several procedures available for the successful treatment of varicose veins, including:
Radiofrequency ablation – delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall through a thin tube which is inserted into the vein above or below the knee. The vein wall collapses and seals shut, and the flow of blood is redirected to other healthy veins.
Endovenous laser treatment – this procedure is similar to radiofrequency ablation but uses laser to produce the heat.
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy – the injection of a chemical foam into the affected vein to damage the lining and cause the vein to close off.
Microsclerotherapy – similar to foam sclerotherapy, but instead a liquid is injected into small reticular veins or spider (thread) veins. The veins close off and are absorbed back into the body naturally.
These walk-in-walk-out treatments are available at specialist private clinics and hospitals. Treatment is only available with the NHS if your diagnosis reveals a serious complication associated with your varicose veins.
Varicose vein treatment with Premier Veins
At Premier Veins we use a combination of radiofrequency ablation, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and microsclerotherapy to successfully treat varicose veins and spider veins. We talk you through each stage of your treatment plan so that you know what procedures we will perform and why they are the most suitable course of action for you.