Sitting for Hours on End: How Does Traveling Affect Your Legs & Veins

Whether you travel for work or leisure, sitting in a cramped seat in a car or on a plane for hours can take a toll on your body. One area that is particularly affected by prolonged sitting is your leg veins. In this blog post, we’ll explore the impact of extended periods of sitting on your leg veins and what you can do to prevent any negative effects from occurring during your travels. So, sit back (but not for too long!) and let’s dive into the world of travel and leg vein health.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are the result of damaged or weak veins. Sitting for long periods of time, like when traveling, can cause your leg veins to become enlarged and twisted. Additionally, the pressure from sitting can block the flow of blood in your veins and cause them to pool. This can lead to blood clots, which can be dangerous.

While varicose veins are a common condition for more than 40 million men and women in America, traveling can worsen symptoms or trigger onset. There are steps you can take to mitigate the effects of varicose veins while traveling.

Prevention Tips for Healthy Legs on the Go

  • Get moving. Get up and move around as often as possible. Every hour or so, stand up and walk around for a few minutes to get your blood flowing.
  • Wear compression socks or stockings. These can help improve circulation in your legs and prevent swelling.
  • Exercise regularly. A regular exercise routine will help keep your veins healthy and prevent venous insufficiency.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking water before, during, and after your trip will help prevent your vein walls from narrowing and will increase your blood circulation.

Next Step: Find Out How Vanishing Veins Northwest Can Help

At Vanishing Veins Northwest, we will discuss your upcoming trip along with your medical history and make any recommendations on vein treatments based on our discussion. We are here to help mitigate the side effects of varicose veins with suggestions on how to manage your symptoms.

Call us at 425-277-8346 (VEIN) to Schedule Your Appointment Today!