Poor circulation can raise a number of uncomfortable symptoms but they are easy to spot. These symptoms include oedema (water retention), tingling and numbness of the extremities, fatigue, sensitivity to cold temperatures, possible digestive issues, cognitive issues, muscle cramping, skin discolouration, weeping skin, ulcers and issues with toenail growth.
When blood isn’t flowing properly in the body, your extremities will drop in temperature. This restricted blood flow is what causes the numbness and the above symptoms. Furthermore, when the blood doesn’t return to the heart, it can cause swelling.
Despite being thought of as a problem tied to seniority and age, poor blood circulation isn’t limited to the elderly. There are many other reasons for poor circulation. Poor circulation can be caused by atherosclerosis, diabetes, blood clots, weight gain, inactivity and consuming tobacco products.
Poor blood circulation is not only uncomfortable, especially in the legs and feet, but it can also lead to life-threatening problems if left unaddressed. Remember to always seek medical advice and consult your doctor if you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above.
Alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise, there are treatments to aid circulation and stimulate lymphatic drainage to improve your sense of wellbeing. Elevation, putting your feet up, also helps with oedema, especially if you are expected to be sitting for extended periods.
At Bodyvie, we offer a mechanical massage from LPG Endermologie and photodynamic light therapy such as Reveallux.
It can be prevented with a healthy diet of vegetables and protein, reduced consumption of alcohol, processed sugars, fat and processed foods, regular exercise, weight management and not smoking or quitting smoking.