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Exercising With DVT

Chronic deep vein thrombosis is a condition that occurs when blood clots form in the body, typically in the legs or pelvis, but also possible in the arms and chest. Blood clots block fresh blood flow from entering the area, which can result in discoloration, pain, fatigue, or swelling. Some occurrences are completely without symptoms at all. Fortunately, there are some exercises that can be done to stimulate blood flow through the legs and different areas of the body to prevent against DVT and relieve some of its symptoms.

General prevention for DVT includes staying active and hydrated. Maintain a healthy weight by finding some sort of aerobic activity that works for you, like walking, running, spinning, biking, swimming, dancing, or playing a sport. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.

Severe DVT may necessitate light activity only. Check with a doctor before you perform any activities. Particularly if you are lifting weights, make sure to warm up thoroughly beforehand.

Leg Flutter

Lay on your back with your legs in the air. Straighten your left leg as much as possible, with your left foot flexed to engage your calf. Bend your right knee until your right calf is parallel to the floor. Slowly straighten your right leg next to your left and begin to bend your left knee until your left calf is parallel to the floor. Repeat the movements.

Alternate Raises

Stand on the ground with your feet hip-width distance apart and your knees slightly bent. Raise your right leg, straightened, in front of your body as high as you can. Extend your left arm in front of you as though you were going to touch your right toes. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat the movement alternating legs and arms.

Chair Stretch

Sit in a chair with both soles of your feet on the floor. Hold on to the sides of the chair if you wish. Extend your right leg as completely as possible with your foot flexed. Slowly move your right leg out to the side as far as possible. Taking care, return it to its starting position. Repeat this with your left leg and continue to alternate.

Reverse Lunge

Stand with your feet stacked under your hips. Take a giant step back with your right foot, sending it over toward the left side of your body. Pause with your hips pressed forward and ground through the sole of your left foot. Slowly step forward with right foot, back to your starting position. Repeat the movement with your left leg, crossing it back toward the right side of your body. Repeat the movement as many times as you desire.

Scissor Kicks

Lie on the ground with your back touching the floor and legs extended. Bring your arms out to the sides and allow your palms to ground into the floor, where they will stay for the remainder of the exercise. Slowly lift both legs off the floor, extending them as fully as possible. Raise your left leg about seventy-five degrees from the ground and keep your right leg close to the floor without touching the floor. Slowly begin to move legs toward one another so that they end up in opposite positions. Continue to repeat the movement, engaging your core.

Ankle Circles

These can be done anywhere to encourage circulation (i.e. at home, at work, etc.). They are done by simply circling your ankles in each direction.

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