Using Pneumatic Compression to Increase Blood Circulation
Did you know our body holds about 60,000 miles of blood vessels – that’s more than twice the circumstance of the Earth? These blood vessels keep our blood flowing, supplying our tissues with oxygen and nutrients and allowing every organ to function properly. In a word, proper blood circulation is essential to maintain optimal health.
How Does Blood Circulation Work?
Our blood circulation system is made up of the heart and the blood vessels running through the entire body. Each time your heart beats, it pumps out oxygen-and nutrient-rich blood to your body through a network of vessels. When blood returns to your heart, it flows to the lungs and picks up oxygen. Then the heart pumps that blood out of the rest of the body. And the process begins again.
Then, What Happens When the Circulation Is Poor?
The main role of the circulation system is to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells and remove wastes. Poor circulation makes it difficult for the body to receive essential oxygen and nutrients efficiently, causing health problems.
Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
When your extremities don’t get sufficient blood, you may experience numbness and tingling.
Cold hands and feet
When it’s cold, the blood vessels in the extremities constrict to keep the blood flowing to your core and vital organs warm. That is why some people have cold feet and hands in winter. It is a fairly common condition but can make people struggle to fall asleep at night.
Therefore, you need to improve blood flow to your extremities to address cold feet or hands and have a good sleep. Here are some ways:
- Do a quick warm-up before going to bed
- Give your feet a hot bath
- Massage your feet with a pneumatic compression device
Swelling in the lower extremities
Poor circulation can cause fluid to build up in certain areas of the body, in the legs, ankles, and feet usually. Attention! Swollen legs, ankles or feet can also be a sign of heart failure. If you have the symptom, go to get a body check-up. Early diagnosis for early treatment and better recovery.
Slow wound healing
Circulation is essential to the wound-healing process. When you are injured, the blood carries extra nutrients and cells to the injured tissue for healing. Therefore, if your circulation is poor, the wound can not get enough blood and nutrient timely to heal. Delaying treatment can increase the risk of infection, hospitalization, and other severe health conditions.
The digestion system relies on circulation to transport and absorb nutrients. Poor circulation leads to a lack of appetite, a slower metabolic rate, and decreased nutrient absorption, causing constipation, diarrhea, and pain in the stomach.
Joint pain and muscle cramping
Poor circulation causes pain in the legs, feet, and hands. And when blood, oxygen, and nutrients can not reach tissues effectively, resulting in stiffness and cramping.
Who Are At Risk of Poor Blood Circulation
Seniors tend to suffer from poor blood circulation in the low extremities as aging causes many changes that can slow venous blood flow. For example, the heart may develop fibrous tissues and fat deposits, the capillary walls thicken slightly, or the valves might stiffen.
Besides, seniors have decreased mobility. Limited mobility can also cause poor circulation, which is why seniors who are bedridden frequently often experience circulatory issues.
People living an unhealthy lifestyle
Being inactive can lead to fatty material building up in the arteries, which can not just lead to poor circulation, but, more severely, heart attack or stroke. And smoking can damage your blood vessels, putting you at a higher risk of atherosclerosis – one of the most common causes of poor circulation. If left untreated, atherosclerosis can cause peripheral artery disease (PAD).
People with some health issues
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), diabetes, venous insufficiency, PAD, and high blood pressure cause damage to your circulatory system and lead to poor circulation.
People with obesity
Obesity can cause joint problems and lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Small problems with circulation can take hold and become big problems, especially when underlying health problems cause poor circulation. Therefore, if you are at risk of poor blood circulation and have symptoms, go for a body check-up. Early diagnosis allows for quicker action and for saving precious time.
How to Increase Circulation
Levels of exercise and physical activity are linked to healthy blood flow. you can incorporate these moderate exercises into your lifestyle.
- Walking within 60-90 minutes after eating to minimize blood sugar spikes
- Low-impact exercises such as biking and swimming as it causes less strain and injuries
- Yoga and some stretches you can do at home to blood circulation and stay healthy
Keep a healthy lifestyle
Smoking harms the circulatory system and many organ systems in your body, such as the heart and lungs. Quitting smoking can make a big difference to your circulation and overall health.
Besides, eating healthily also helps keep good circulation, especially for seniors. You can focus on incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet. And you should avoid dehydration which has an immediate negative effect on circulation – recommended drinking at least eight glasses of water daily.
Invest in a pneumatic compression device to get regular massage
Pneumatic compression gives your body a deep massage and encourages blood flow by gently squeezing your body. It is a great, convenient, and more economical choice for inactive people and the elderly to increase circulation at home.
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