Blood circulation is crucial for body function. As your loved one ages, circulation tends to slow down, commonly causing cold feet, numbness or even swelling.
When this happens in the legs it can cause discomfort and affect mobility. However, there are many methods to improve your loved one’s circulation.
Lounge Doctor gives some useful advice on how to improve circulation in the legs and around the body.
Encouraging your loved one to maintain a healthy lifestyle is important for circulation as much as it is for their general wellbeing. Keeping active through exercises that are suited to your loved one’s capability will strengthen their heart and help blood flow all around their body. It is also recommended for your loved one to eat healthy, nutrient-rich foods – encourage their diet to be filled with lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Leg elevation pillow
Consider recommending the use of a leg elevation pillow to your loved one. Elevating the legs helps blood flow back to the core which assists the flow as well as lowers the possibility of clots. An elevation pillow is convenient as it can be used anytime your loved one is resting. This may be during sleep or other leisure activity such as knitting or reading. A leg elevation pillow is able to reduce the effects of swelling and pain experienced by your loved one.
Hydrotherapy, also know as water therapy, can be found in different forms and carries many benefits. The aim of hydrotherapy is to create better circulation and improve your loved one’s quality of blood. These simple uses of water reduce pain and swelling, improves immune function and carries no adverse effects. Examples of hydrotherapy your loved one can consider to improve leg circulation include hot baths and showers, ‘heating and compressing’, or even a foot bath.
A big factor in poor circulation is when blood vessels tighten. This often happens when the body is cold so it is important to keep your loved one warm in order to improve circulation. Your loved one should wear multiple layers or thermal clothing items when needed (especially during the colder months) and keep blankets around their living space for convenient access.
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