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Two of the Best Types of Exercise for Helping to Heal Hemorrhoids

A hemorrhoid (also referred to as plies) is the name given to swollen veins in the lower rectum or anus. They’re similar to varicose veins, but typically cause more pressing issues, like pain, discomfort, and bleeding. They are nothing to be ashamed of, and we’re beginning to understand much more about them as time goes on. There are natural ways to help alleviate symptoms, one of which is exercise. Everyone should be exercising for a variety of reasons, but improved blood flow and circulation can help heal troublesome hemorrhoids. Below we’ll be going through the two best types of exercises for plies, as well as talking about laser treatment options for more severe issues.

Walking, Jogging, Yoga

#1 – Recommended Exercise: Cardio

Cardiovascular exercise (which many individuals refer to as cardio) is the best form of exercise for helping to alleviate hemorrhoids. Why? It naturally helps pump your blood more effectively, getting oxygen and key nutrients to the areas of your body that needs it most. If you have lasting pain, start with very simple types of cardio, like walking or a slow jog. A quick paced walk around the block can do wonders for both your physical and mental health.

Initially, you’ll want to avoid intense types of cardio. Depending on the area that’s in pain or swollen, you’ll likely want to avoid biking since sitting will cause discomfort. More physical sports like basketball may not be the best idea, but if you do plan to play, remember not to push your body too hard while recovering. Our bodies are great at fixing themselves and healing when given the opportunity, but this will require some downtime for full rejuvenation.

#2 – Recommend Exercise: Class Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice prominent throughout many cultures of the world. The East is most celebrated for it. We recommend yoga to our patients because it’s a fantastic combination of light stretches and stress relief awareness. When the body is less stressed, it heals sooner and more effectively. Yoga also helps stretch out the body and strengthens weak muscles, especially in your core.

The reason we recommend a class environment is there’s a bit of a learning curve to the moves. You’ll want the guidance of a teacher to help you get into the poses correctly, while also leading the stress relieving practice with mantras or music. It’s a great way to combine both practices and help the body heal sooner, helping to also minimize pain and discomfort.

If you’re still having painful symptoms, bleeding, or general discomfort, we’d suggest coming in for a consultation. Here at the Laser Hemorrhoid Center, we’re extremely experienced when it comes to treating plies with laser. It’s a relatively new treatment, but it’s come a long way in the last decade. It’s routine and non-invasive. To learn more, visit this page, or simply give us a call today to book your appointment 602.258.7003. Thank you and we hope to be able to offer you relief soon.