Fit through the winter
Tips for keeping your veins healthy through winter
Patients with venous disorders (vein problems) can spend an active winter on their feet, if they wear compression garments and suitable clothing. Ideally you should wear trousers and footwear that are not too tight. Ideally, a spare pair of shoes can be left at work to avoid having to wear winter boots all day long. Be aware that heated car seats and underfloor heating or hot-water bottles make the legs tired and can aggravate symptoms in patients with venous disorders.
Dry skin – patients with venous disease and oedema are often affected
Relaxation and regeneration: progressive muscle relaxation
- Clench your right hand into a fist and contract all the muscles in your right arm – now relax again and concentrate on the relaxation.
- Repeat the exercise with your left arm.
- Furrow your brow and raise your eyebrows – then relax your forehead muscles again.
- Close your eyes tightly and roll your eyeballs to and fro – then relax the eye muscles again.
- Jut your lower jaw forwards – relax the lower jaw muscles again.
- Hold your back straight and bend your neck towards your chest – then pull it back up again.
- Raise your shoulders – then let them fall again. Concentrate on how the warmth spreads around your body and enjoy the relaxation.