Suffering from heavy legs?
The tired, aching or heavy legs phenomenon can occur for different reasons, but particularly arises at the end of the day and in the summertime. As the heat rises, there could not be a better time to introduce the new and improved formulation of Crème Défatigante – to treat microcirculation problems.
Blood circulation explained
The human body’s circulatory system contains the organism’s five litres of blood. The veins return the blood that contains tissue waste from the organs to the heart: this is referred to as venous return. At the beginning of venous insufficiency, the blood struggles to flow back up and remains in the lower legs. The veins become dilated, losing tone and distensibility (ability to retract and slacken). The valves are still effective. This is characterised by a sensation of heavy, weighty legs.
The body is also equipped with a second circulation system, called lymphatic circulation. This involves lymph vessels which are responsible for part of the venous return by returning a liquid that is rich in proteins and white blood cells, called lymph. Lymph vessels help purify part of the tissue waste when the venous circulation (venous return) is not sufficient. However, lymph vessels are quickly overwhelmed. This results in lymphatic obstruction (or water retention), which is the accumulation of liquids in the space between the tissue cells under the skin, also referred to as an edema. The vessels can be “helped” by the pumping movements in the different lymph nodes, which is the foundation of the drainage technique. This manual massage, which alternates different levels of pressure, should always be performed by a physical therapist.
When blood circulation slows down, the internal wall of the blood vessels no longer receives enough oxygen, which affects its role…
One out of every two women is affected by leg pain, mainly due to hormonal variations, but most people have already suffered from this very unpleasant syndrome. For instance, it is normal to feel this way after an intense workout, after being inactive, and after remaining upright for a long time. This is why the sensation is amplified at the end of the day. It is also important to note that issues raise with age, obesity and pregnancy.
These factors can cause poor circulation in the legs and trigger leg discomfort including leg swelling, pain and redness, which could affect your ability to carry out normal activities over time…
For example, when you are standing up and so your body is “upright”, the blood suddenly flows downward under the effect of gravity and pressure therefore increases in the legs. Then, if the leg muscles don’t contract sufficiently hard or frequently enough to force the blood upwards, the blood gathers in the leg veins and makes the legs ache and feel tired.
If this condition is left untreated, a simple heavy leg sensation could develop into complications such as swollen ankles (inflammation of the vein wall), varicose veins (dilation and elongation of the vein) and possibly deep vein thrombosis (formation of blood clots inside the vein). Which is why if the pain is constant or if you have family history, it is advised to seek medical attention.
Prevention and treatment
There are various simple ways to avoid or at least diminish the uncomfortable feeling of aching legs:
- Keep physically active – by walking for half an hour daily – and make an effort to change positions and/or stretch your legs regularly to strengthen the venous walls.
- Don’t wear tight clothes on your lower half and prefer small heels to flat shoes to avoid blocking the venous return.
- Watch your diet to avoid water retention and excess weight that would put pressure on the veins. Whilst it is recommended to refrain from consuming too much salt and alcohol, fiber-rich foods may improve vein health.
- Keep away from sun or heat exposure to avoid dilating the veins. For instance, you could finish your shower with a blast of cold water, working from your ankles up to the top of your thighs to energise venous return, to stimulate circulation.
- Uncross your legs to stimulate muscles and venous return.
- Elevate your legs for a short period of time or raise the bed to improve blood flow.
- Wear compression stockings on long flights to limit symptoms and clot development.
When occasional aching and fatigue occurs, you can improve microcirculation in your legs with the Crème Défatigante. Ideal for athletes, people working on their feet and before/after physical activity.
Crème Défatigante is a revitalising and decongesting essential oil cream that eases blood circulation in order to prevent and alleviate tired legs, leaving you feel instantly fresh, light and comfortable. With its astringent and vasoconstrictive properties, it promotes the diffusion of liquids which pass through the small vessels and prevent the veins from dilating. Thanks to its essential oils of peppermint and thyme, it has refreshing and anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce the swelling and relieve heavy muscle aches. The new formula of Crème Défatigante contains additional active ingredients in order to reinforce cutaneous elasticity and tone as well as increase the cutaneous blood flow in the leg veins.