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Do you guys, any of you have swollen feet, or do you feel that your feet will swell at the end of the day or after a long walk, or do you notice that you always have cold hands and feet?

These can be signs that your circulation is not as optimal as it could be. Is your posture perfect because if not then you probably have some twists in your blood vessels as well!

If you have, (they may be) affecting your healing and your pain …are you interested in staying tuned then to find out how circulation is important in your health and healing and in your pain so that you can reduce your pain and feel better?

Hi I’m Alexis osteopath at BlossomingMe and as an osteopath I see the body as an intricate interconnecting system. Our founder Dr A.T still centered his approach on supporting the movement of fluid throughout the body, and he explained that if there is an area of stagnation of fluid, then this area is open to dis-ease, just as you wouldn’t be drinking from a stagnant pond. If a tissue is able to access the nutrients that it needs and is not surrounded by waste and toxins, then it will have its chemical components available for it to do its healing and our body is always moving towards health. So as an Osteopath I aim to support the body to access its innate healing power and mechanism so it can heal itself.

What Affects Circulation?

Circulation is impacted by many things – hormones; cardiovascular health and strength; the kidneys and blood pressure; hydration and electrolyte balance; and so on. To have optimal circulation you need oxygen, hemoglobin and iron in the blood and enough blood pressure and heart pump strength to push the blood all the way through to the extremities as well as then strong vein valves that allow the blood to move back towards the heart without being affected too much by gravity – so the blood goes downward.

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High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, then your heart has to work harder to move the blood through. This could be because you have thick blood, constricted blood vessels, or plaques on the blood vessel walls.

Low Blood Pressure

If you have very low blood pressure you may have blood vessels that stay dilated and so they don’t constrict enough to force the blood through the vessels or you don’t have enough blood production to fill your vessels effectively.

Perfusion

This all will affect your perfusion or the ability of blood to get to the end cells.

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Anemia (Including Nutritional or other forms)

The other important component of blood content is oxygen, hemoglobin, and iron. So, you need B12, folate or B9 and iron to be able to allow the blood to be produced and to circulate the oxygen effectively. You need them present in your diet, to be fully digested, and to be absorbed – so that they can attach to the red blood cells and allow the holding and transportation of oxygen to your cells.

Postural Hypotension

If you suffer from postural hypotension, that’s when your blood pressure drops when you stand up from lying down or sitting or after having a hot bath, this is not seen as a medical condition – but it does suggest that your body has difficulty in regulating its blood pressure especially when under stress. You may be able to assist this by activating the constriction and dilation of your blood vessels, that is the same as using any muscles. You’re… you’re improving tone. And you can do this essentially best, by using ice and heat therapies. They help to improve the elasticity of the muscles in your vessels and help to ensure that your blood pressure can stay at a consistent enough rate to avoid fainting etc.

Hydration

Drinking enough water to keep up the blood volume is also important, as is the correct electrolyte balance to allow the water into the cells instead of just being in that extracellular space which is essentially what we would call fluid retention. This means that the fluid is present but it is not hydrating any of the cells and it adds extra stress to your lymphatic and venous return systems.

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Musculoskeletal Strains

Another more localized region for poor circulation would directly affect specific tissues and their ability to heal -this is – body strains. So when you have minor twists and strains in your muscles and your ligaments and your joints, can you imagine how this might also be affecting the twisting of your blood vessels as well? So just like when we have a twist in our garden hose, the hose might be able to accept a few twists and still let out water at the other end but the more twists that happen the less water (or blood) that can come to the other end, and at some point the body just doesn’t provide enough blood to those cells at the other end. And that means that those tissues don’t get the nutrients that they require and they essentially feel like they are… they essentially feel that they are suffocating.

Altered Blood flow Causes areas of

Increased Fluid

So with altered blood movement some areas will become engorged – the fluid and the metabolites won’t be removed fast enough and this bathes your cells in toxic sludge. This causes pressure as the fluid increases and inflammatory cascades as well as chemical irritation to the nerves that are nearby.

Reduced Fluid

Areas that have reduced fluid, they don’t receive the nutrients that they need, they, as I said just before, they will start to feel essentially suffocated. Cells will die if they don’t get enough oxygen and the nerves register pain when they’re not getting enough blood and oxygen as a signal that there is something wrong.

Increased OR Decreased Blood Flow Will Result In…

So whether there’s too much fluid or too little, you can see that nutrients and waste will be affected and as a result you can get pain.

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Leading to Dis-ease, risk of Injury, Pain, Slow Healing, and even Infection

I’m hoping that this makes it a little bit clear how these issues will affect the environment and the tissues and their health. It’s not just that pain is more likely but it’s also more likely that these tissues and cells cannot be as healthy as possible so therefore they’re more prone to injury or dis-ease and if they’re already injured then they don’t have enough nutrients available to improve …to speed their healing. Not only the slowed healing but also there is more chance of infection because there’s less blood entering the area so there’s less white blood cells that can fight any potential pathogens that might be present and with all the extra toxic sludge that might be present with the inflammatory cascade and the lack of waste being removed you also have a buffet of toxins available for any potential pathogens to feed on.

So I’m hoping then that you can see how circulation is vital both to optimising healing and in reducing pain and that circulation can be affected by many things including the strains and twists in our body from compensation of poor posture or minor traumas and injuries of the past. While circulation is something understood to be a vital component to health it’s often assumed that you might understand why and generally it’s not explained with regard to how this is important to specific pain presentations and injuries and a healthy state for tissues.

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Are you wanting personalised assistance?

So if you’d like to determine what’s going on for you and your specific health complaints or pain states including getting a treatment plan and things that you can do at home to support your circulation and improve a speedy recovery, reduce pain faster, and avoid problems coming back over and over again. As well as ensuring that you don’t have to go to a practitioner again and again “constantly for the rest of your life”.. then make sure to book an appointment online or call us or comment below and we’ll get back to you.

Thank you so much for watching!

If you do have any questions, please contact us via email call or comment below.

If you found it useful, please – comment, like, and share!

Lastly if you’d like the cheat sheet that I created for improving circulation at home then comment below “CHEAT” and I’ll get that to you.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20351360

Interested in further reading?

Find out how Mitochondria are important in the health of each cell… another foundational part of True Health

For more about circulation… Check these out

Poor Circulation Symptoms

Anaemia

Peripheral Vascular Disease

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

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ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.