With winter approaching, now is the perfect time to start preparing for next summer, starting by working on our beach looks. If you suffer from varicose veins, let us tell you about one simple trick that can offer relief and make you feel better: cupping therapy.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are large, twisted veins that are typically located in the legs, those any vein near the skin can become varicose. Most varicose veins are located in our legs due to the pressure that walking exerts on our bodies.
For many people, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern, something they might feel insecure about. For others, however, this condition can create aching pain and discomfort, as well as potentially serious health problems.
Some symptoms of varicose veins include the following:
- Veins that are dark or purple
- An achy feeling in the legs
- Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping, and swelling in the lower legs
- Itching around one or more of the veins
- Changes in the skin color around a varicose vein
There are several factors that can put you at greater risk of developing varicose veins. For example, age is one of the leading risk factors: as we get older, our chances of developing varicose veins increase. Women are also more prone to this condition, especially during and after pregnancy.
Like many other medical conditions, a history of varicose veins in the family can also put you at risk. Being overweight also increases your chances, as does standing or sitting down for long periods of time.
Now that you know the basics about varicose veins, you might be wondering what cupping therapy is and how it can help. Let us tell you about it.
Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine stretching back hundreds of years. It consists of placing suction cups on the skin for the purpose of increasing oxygen flow in the blood –– which can facilitate all kinds of health benefits, including treating varicose veins.
Despite what you might have heard, cupping therapy is relatively painless and does not leave permanent scars, though some temporary skin coloring is to be expected. You will be pleased to know some people report improved symptoms after just one or a few sessions.
Here at Greg Maruki Acupuncture, cupping therapy is one of our specialties. Located in Orange County, we have several years of experience behind us and provide other forms of alternative medicine that can be paired with cupping for maximal results. Get in touch today to learn more: 714-532-2827.