Regular massage from a trained massage therapist can significantly alleviate discomfort associated with varicose veins, and help to stimulate blood flow. (If you have a history of conditions associated with blood clots, massage therapy is contraindicated for you - discuss your concerns with your healthcare professional before proceeding).
For itchy skin around the varicose veins, try a lotion or ointment made of witch hazel.
Take up regular aerobic exercise such as walking to improve the circulation and get the blood pumping. Always discuss a new exercise programme with your healthcare professional before starting.
Finish a shower or bath with cold water for as long as you can stand it. Many people find that this helps to relieve the pain from varicose veins. You can also do the same thing with foot spas or compresses.
Take regular rests and/or stretch breaks if your routine requires that you remain on your feet for long periods of time. Try to avoid wearing the same shoes every day - it's a good idea to vary the heel height, but avoid high heels as they can aggravate the problem.
A diet high in natural fibre and complex carbohydrates helps prevent varicose veins by providing adequate nutrients to maintain the health of the blood vessels, and by maintaining bowel regularity, thereby reducing the likelihood of constipation.
Quit smoking. Smoking is a major cause of free radical damage which affects the health of the blood vessels.
If you're pregnant, sleep on your side rather than on your back. This lessens the pressure on your pelvic muscles.