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smiling woman tying her sneakersIt’s common to feel “pins and needles” after sitting in one position for a long period of time, but when does this sensation indicate a more serious problem? If you often experience numbness or tingling in your extremities, you could have poor blood circulation.

Anyone can be affected by circulation issues, but factors like varicose veins, obesity and sedentary living increase your risk. What should you know to help improve blood flow?

1. Know Your Risk

As mentioned, certain factors can influence your risk of poor blood circulation, including:

  • Blood Clots – Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms within a deep vein and blood flow is blocked. If left untreated, DVT can be life-threatening.
  • Varicose Veins – Excess pressure causes blood to flow backwards and pool in the legs, resulting in unsightly veins, pain and swelling.
  • Obesity – Excess bodyweight puts additional pressure on the leg veins, which can restrict the vein valves and prevent proper blood flow.
  • Diabetes – Unregulated diabetes can lead to poor circulation and tingling in the extremities.
  • Sedentary Living – Lack of regular activity impedes blood flow to different areas of the body.

2. Get Moving

Walking is one of the easiest ways to combat inactivity and improve blood flow. For those who work a desk job, take short walks throughout the day and skip the elevator for the stairs. At the end of the day, a brisk walk after dinner also helps with digestion!

3. Relax & Reset

Self-care is often underrated, but one of the most important things we can do for our bodies. Regular massages relieve muscle tension, which can help improve blood circulation.

Especially if you work on your feet, elevate your legs after a long day. Yoga poses are another great way to relax your body and mind.

4. Stay Hydrated

Our bodies are more than 60 percent water, yet many of us struggle to hydrate throughout the day. Water helps our blood circulate, so hydration is key. It is recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

5. Do Stretches

Stretching helps keep muscles strong and healthy. When your quads, hamstrings and calves are loose, it’s easier for blood to flow through the legs and rest of your body.
If you often have tingling, swelling or restlessness in the legs, it could be varicose vein disease. Contact the Vein Centers of Connecticut to schedule a consultation today!