Treating and Preventing DVT with Yoga

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which one or more of the deeper veins of the body experiences a clot. It is a potentially dangerous condition which can be a result of other health conditions. Interestingly enough, a physical practice like yoga has a relief and solution to DVT.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Some people are at an increased risk of developing this condition. People who take birth control, have a family history of DVTor other vein conditions, and are overweight should avoid contributing to the disease by leading a sedentary lifestyle.


Yoga is an exercise tradition that comes from India. It is an ancient exercise practice that has developed and has been practiced by people for thousands of years. The main benefits of yoga are that it has a wide variety of positions and intensities. It is aimed at improving the work of different organs in the body and tackling specific health conditions.


Yoga offers anything from stretches to high-intensity exercises for different levels of health and body constitutions. Yoga can be especially helpful in the case of DVT with a specific routine that can be followed daily or in the cases where more exercise is needed.

DVT and Yoga

Because DVT is risky in the cases where you have to sit still for a long time. There are a few exercises from yoga that can be a life-saver like traveling on a plane for hours.

Yoga stretches and poses that are good for keeping blood properly circulating in the legs are all beneficial to chronic DVT treatment. Here are some exercises that can help:

Yoga Poses To Try with DVT

  1. Twisted Stretch

Place the left foot over the right thigh while the right foot is stretched out flat. Lean forward with your body while holding on to our legs with your hands. Repeat with the right foot over your stretched out left leg.

  1. Upward Abdominal Lock

After exhaling completely, pull the belly towards your spine. Push your pubic bone towards the navel, and squeeze the bones you use to sit you towards each other. Hold for a couple of seconds, and repeat the exercise as much as you can. You can do this while sitting down.

  1. Urdhva Prasarita Padasana

The laying pose is good to perform once you are home from a long day of seating. It is a nice restorative position. For this one, have your legs up the wall while your body is lining against the wall with your hands stretched out and palms facing up. If you are menstruating or cannot pull your legs up, you can lay down in the same position, but instead of stretching your legs up the wall, you can connect the soles of your feet and bend your legs at the knees.

You can also try bending forward from a standing position or any other exercise which stretches your hamstrings and opens up your hips and lower back. These types of positionsreduce pressure and help the blood move freely in the lower part of the body. If you have to sit for a long time for some reason, make sure you get up every 20 minutes or move around in your chair using one of the stretches that yoga offers.

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