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Are you stuck behind a desk for the most part of the day? Do your legs tend to fall asleep on you without notice? Are your hands stiff and aching? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions then continue reading.

How to Improve Circulation in Feet

Poor blood circulation could be the cause of these ailments, but there is something you can do to promote better flexibility and oxygenation to these joints, which can help improve your overall health in the process.

Many people are unaware that often fatigue is due to poor circulation throughout the entire body. Most people tend to use their hands and legs the most then other parts of their body, but these are also the same body parts that are in need of added attention and relief from everyday stress.

There are many different ways people can learn how to improve circulation in feet and hands. The best part is that some of these techniques only take a few minutes a day. You can practice these techniques during your break at work or take time out at night and do them before you go to bed.

Short walks and deep tissue massage or circluar foot motions

Short Walks

One way people can practice circulation techniques in their feet is to go for short walks throughout the day. Since many people have sedentary jobs where movement may be limited this is a great way to take a break from the daily grind and get those feet moving.

Researchers at the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine state, “For people with poor circulation to the arms and legs, walking can increase the size and improve the efficiency of the tiny vessels that supply blood for cellular respiration.”

Deep Tissue Massage

A deep tissue massage is an excellent way to help improve circulation in the feet. This is because the massage therapist uses different massaging techniques that vary in pressure. This process helps to release cellular debris and other toxins within the body.

When these toxins are held within the body a person is more likely to get sick because the strength of their immune system is sacrificed. Getting a deep tissue massage is an excellent way to relieve stress and tension in the entire body.

Deep tissue massage also helps to increase blood flow to the part of the body that is being massaged. This helps to increase oxygen flow and is great for relaxing tense overworked muscles and nerves, such as those in the feet.

Circular Foot Motions

Don’t have time to get away from your desk, take a 5 minute break and sit in your chair. Extend your legs, rotate each foot clockwise and counterclockwise 10 times each way.

You can also flex each foot forward and backward. You can do this exercise about 10 times each on each foot. This will increase flexibility and blood flow to the feet. You will instantly feel the circulation improve and the feet will feel more flexible. This helps to release tightness and tension in the feet.

How to Improve Circulation in Hands

Mini Massage for Hands

One way to improve circulation in hands is to utilize scented lotions, such as vanilla and lavender, which are great scents that induce relaxation. Rub all over the inner part and outer part of your hands.

Take the thumb on the opposing hand and take turns rubbing it in clockwise and counterclockwise circular motions on the inner part of your hand. This will increase circulation in the hands and relieve them of any stiffness or fatigue.

Do Some Finger, Hand and Wrist Exercises

Finger and Hand Exercise- Take each hand, extend the fingers outward so they are all sprawled out. Then make a fist, hold for a few seconds and stretch fingers outward again. This will keep the hands and fingers from cramping up and allow for better circulation.

Wrist Exercise- Have each wrist completely relaxed, then make circular motions with the wrists, you can alternate between clockwise and counterclockwise movements. Do each direction for about a minute on each side.

How to Improve Circulation in Hands and Feet

Drink Plenty of Water

Doctors state that some people will experience daytime fatigue, or feel dehydrated. Water has a number of benefits that help to solve these problems.

Drinking water also helps to strengthen the immune system because it helps to flush out toxins within the body, such as viruses that can cause the common cold.

Alternate Between Temperatures

Experts state that, “alternating cold and hot temperatures stimulates the back-and-forth flow of fresh blood.”

Using this technique helps to get the blood moving throughout the body which is essential for flexibility and prevents the hands from feeling overworked, tight and tense.

Research suggests reducing the intake of high caffeine drinks, alcoholic beverages and nicotine. This is because these substances are stated to constrict the blood vessels, which leads to poor blood circulation.

They also suggest increasing your intake of vitamin C and vitamin E. These vitamins help to increase blood circulation throughout the entire body.

Garlic also has excellent benefits for increasing blood circulation. This is because garlic helps to prevent plaque from building up in the blood vessels.

In Conclusion

There are many different techniques for helping to improve circulation in feet and hands. Many of these techniques only take a few minutes of your time and some can even be performed in the office during a break. Taking time to increase circulation in the feet and hands helps with day time fatigue and tightness experienced within these extremities. By using a holistic approach to self healing people can experience better health and can strengthen the immune system by drinking water and practicing various exercises to increase circulation to these extremities. Doing such techniques helps to fight off ailments such as the common cold. Use all or a variety of these techniques can be used to aide health and prevent numerous health problems that can be caused due to toxins held within the body.

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