You might be thinking that massage is a great way to deal with the ache and pain of varicose veins. It seems like it would make sense. Massage therapy is great for improving muscle tone, blood circulation, general relaxation, and overall tissue health. All of these things are important for preventing and treating pain.
Keep in mind, however, that registered massage therapists are going to avoid working on and around varicose veins. Varicose veins and massage do not go well together.
This does not mean that if you have varicose veins that you cannot receive a massage. But great care should and will be taken. There are a number of indirect techniques that can be quite effective in treating the muscles and tissue of the leg. But you should know that your massage therapist will hesitate to apply any real pressure in the area around your compromised veins, or in the area served by those veins. They certainly won't massage varicose veins. There are a couple of reasons for this.
Varicose veins form when valves in the veins weaken and fail. Blood is then able to travel backward in the vessel and pool wherever gravity takes it. Veins stretch and bulge. This means that they are more susceptible to tearing and bleeding—nobody wants to do that to you.
This is not always the case; your vascular health could be fine. But massage therapists are particularly concerned about dislodging any blood clots that might be in the area. And if you really want peace of mind while you enjoy your massage, you will want to check with a qualified vein specialist first to see what is happening beneath the surface.
The good news is that there are things you can do to improve your venous health, help with varicose veins, or avoid varicose veins.
If you are interested in reading more about massage for varicose veins, massagetoday.com has a great article about what is going on in the minds of massage therapists when it comes to varicose veins massage treatment.