Restless Leg Syndrome and Varicose Veins
Are you having trouble sleeping at night? Do your legs feel like they are tingling and you just have to move them to make it stop ? Are you on your feet all day?
My job required me to stand all day, and at night, my legs were just killing me!
I also have a family history of varicose veins, so this was a big concern for me.
I always put my legs up when sitting down, wear compression stockings at work and sleep with my legs higher than my head, to promote better blood return to the heart. (You can achieve this by placing a board or a blanket underneath your mattress, 3-4 inches higher should do it).
Then my hours at work increased by just 1 1/2 hours a day, 3 days a week and my legs let me know,that they did not appreciate that! I needed something else to make them happy again.
I read about Horse Chestnut Extract in a German magazine and decided to give it a try. After just a few days, my legs settled down. I did not have the urge to move them anymore or stretch out my leg muscles or wiggle my toes..
Horse chestnut seed extract has been used to treat chronic venous insufficiency (a condition in which the veins do not efficiently return blood from the legs to the heart). This condition is associated with varicose veins, pain, ankle swelling, feelings of heaviness, itching, and nighttime leg cramping.
Be sure you check with your Doctor though before trying it, supplements can interfere with prescription medications !
It also helps to go for a nice long walk in the evenning, or a couple of hours before you go to bed.
Every time you take a shower, while you wait for the water to get hot, let that cold water run over your legs.
Take a barefoot walk across your lawn in the morning, while the grass is still dewy.
Use your garden hose and hose down your legs, the colder the water, the better !
If you are really adventurous, try sticking your leg or foot in the snow!
Get a big bucket, put water and ice cubes in it and place your leg in it real quick.
All these cold treatments will help the blood flow back to the heart.