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Varicose veins

July 14, 2010

My massage clients vary in age from very young to the eldery. I have noticed that many young people even in their twenties have already started to develop varicose veins. As far as my clients go, it seems that the females are worse than the males. Most of them are healthy and have a normal weight. It seems that alot of them do take anxiety, antidepressant, and or allergy medication. I wonder if this in addition to our poor eating, drinking, and lifestyle habits is overwhelming the liver at such a young age. A clean healthy functioning liver is vital in cleansing the blood preventing early onset of various diseases. If we educate our clients about the causes of varicose veins and how important regular detoxification of organs are, explaining to them that massage may enhance the process by promoting good circulation of blood and assisting the body to relax so it can repair the damage. This may increase their quality of life in some way.

Varicose Veins

June 2, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson.

One of the most common medical issues that I have encountered in massage is varicose veins. Although I do have clients fill out an intake form, they usually do not list varicose veins on the form. Although they are normally visual, I am always careful to check and avoid the area if there is a chance they the client has them. According to our text, varicose veins are dilated veins from incompetent valves. The condition can affect superficial or deep veins. Varicose veins are usually located in the legs, but can also be found in esophagus. Blood flow in varicose veins is turbulent and slow, which favors clotting. If varicose veins are present, the area should be avoided if the pressure causes pain or if the client has a history of clot formation. I did not realize that according to our text, less severe varicosities may benefit from massage. The massage should be geared toward reducing edema and venous stasis. The use of alternating gliding strokes toward the heart helps “milk” superficial veins and aids circulation. It was also interesting to read the “spotlight on massage” on page 257 that no research has been conducted linking massage to increasing varicosities.


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