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Does Massage Therapy Help Varicose Veins?

Doctor massaging a man's leg with varicose veins

Massage therapy is a fantastic tool for many people and their rehabilitation process. The stimulation and relaxation of muscle tissue can help alleviate pain, stress, and muscle aches all over the body. So, if massage therapy works for these ailments, could it work for other conditions, such as varicose veins? The answer isn’t as simple as you may think. While massage is effective temporarily, it cannot work as a long-term solution to varicose veins.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, bulging veins that appear close to the skin's surface. These veins often appear in the legs, thighs, and feet and can cause pain, fatigue, itching, swelling, and cramping. They can also lead to more severe health complications, such as blood clots.

Is Massage Therapy Viable For Varicose Veins

Massage therapy has existed as a treatment for varicose veins for centuries. While leg massages may temporarily ease discomfort caused by varicose veins, they are not a long-term solution. Some people may find that their symptoms worsen after a massage because of increased circulation in the area. Professional treatment—such as laser or sclerotherapy—will lead to better long-term relief from varicose vein symptoms and complications.

The Benefits of Professional Treatments for Varicose Veins

Professional treatments for varicose veins offer many benefits over massage therapy alone. These treatments target damaged vessels directly rather than simply easing superficial discomfort caused by them. Laser therapy uses heat energy to collapse damaged vessels, encouraging new healthy blood flow through unaffected vessels instead. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical into affected vessels which causes them to close up and eventually fade away entirely from view. Both treatments are minimally invasive with minimal risks of side effects compared to other forms of surgery available today.

Albert Vein Institute: Colorado’s Vein Specialists

If you have varicose veins, Albert Vein Institute can help you feel and look your best. The latest treatment options and experienced staff can help you get the long-term results you want. Contact our team today to learn more about our treatment options and schedule an appointment.