Leg And Vulvar Varicosities

At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our specialised treatment for Leg and Vulvar Varicosities aims to:

Varicosities, or varicose veins, are swollen, twisted blood vessels just under the skin.

What are Varicosities?

Varicosities, or varicose veins, are a common, and generally harmless part of pregnancy for some women. They happen when the uterus applies pressure to the inferior vena cava that carries blood to the heart from your feet and legs. Most common in the third trimester, varicosities occur in up to 4 in 10 people who are pregnant. This issue generally resolves itself when your baby is 3 to 4 months old. The most common types of varicosities experienced by pregnant women are in the legs, vulvar, and rectum (hemorrhoids).

What Are The Causes Of Leg Vulvar Varicosities?

Being pregnant increases your chances of developing varicosities for 3 key reasons:

  • » You produce more blood than usual, this increases the pressure in your veins
  • » Your uterus gets bigger and presses on the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart as your baby grows.
  • » Pregnancy hormones make the walls of your veins softer, and more likely to bulge.
  • » You’re also more likely to get varicose veins if they run in your family, you’ve had multiple full-term pregnancies and you are older.

What Are The Risk Factors?


  • » An achy or heavy feeling in the legs
  • » Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in the lower legs
  • » Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time
  • » Itching around one or more of the veins
  • » Changes in skin color around a varicose vein


  • » Bulging veins that appear bluish or purplish underneath your skin
  • » Veins that look twisted, swollen or bunched into a cluster
  • » Veins that only appear on your vulva or that appear along with other veins on your upper thighs, butt, or calves
  • » Raised areas of skin with swollen veins underneath
  • » Fullness, pressure, pain, itchiness or discomfort in your vulva
  • » Pain or discomfort in your upper thighs and lower back
  • » Pain or discomfort that gets worse from sex or from standing too long


  • » Lymphatic Drainage
  • » Soft tissue release
  • » Self management techniques
  • » Tailored exercise program
  • » Hydrotherapy
  • » Taping

Your physiotherapist may recommend medical grade compression stockings.

Benefits of Physiotherapy for Varicosities

  • » It can heal damaged veins without using drugs or invasive surgery
  • » Reduces stress and pain, that one feels after standing for hours
  • » Reduces swelling and discomfort

How to book an appointment?

If you think that you may be suffering from Leg and Vulvar Varicosities, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.

All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.

You can visit our FAQs for more information about appointments at Vitalis Physiotherapy.

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