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The HC Wellness Center offers both traditional and alternative therapies to assist clients in achieving optimal health, wellness and balance. Featuring as its principle service Colon Hydrotherapy, formerly seen only at fine spas and destination resorts, HC Wellness Center & Spa is one of the first to offer this valuable wellness service to the Charlotte Metropolitan and surrounding areas. HC Wellness Center & Spa is a premier North Carolina spa providing the most luxurious, and beneficial wellness and beauty services available to the Charlotte Metropolitan and surrounding areas. Established in 2004 with the vision of combining traditional spa treatments, that promote relaxation and well being, with the most advanced skin, body and wellness services. The HC Spa supplies a moment of luxury for your body, mind and spirit. Here nature and science meet harmoniously as the finest massage, skin care and spa treatments await you.
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Vascular Health

Holistic Solutions for Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Varicose Veins and Other Vascular Problems

Blood is the life-giving fluid of the body. Through a vast network of arteries, blood is carried to the body's tissues, where oxygen and nutrients are exchanged for carbon dioxide and waste. Then, through an equally vast network of veins, the blood is carried back to the heart to be replenished and recirculated. Because heart attacks and strokes are leading causes of death, problems with the arteries and heart often get more attention than problems with the veins, but it is)important to keep the venous portion of the circulatory system working properly.

Vascular conditions like varicose veins, spider veins and easy bruising aren't just cosmetic issues; they are signs of deeper health problems. Varicose veins, for example, are an indication of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). This occurs when vascular damage impedes the body's ability to move blood from the legs towards the heart. This causes blood to pool in the legs, where it can cause swelling, pain and, in some cases, leaking fluids causing edema.

Symptoms of CVI include capillary impermeability and bruising of muscle tissue, edema, swelling and heaviness, low-grade inflammation, itching, irritation and potential ulceration. There may also be palpable nodules due to fibrin accumulation and pressure, and congestion in the abdominal, prostatic and uterine regions. Chronic Venous Insufficiency may be an underlying issue in hemorrhoids, uterine fibroids in women and prostate problems in men.

Varicose Veins

The enlarged, deformed and knotted varicose veins typically affect the legs, ankles and feet. This is because the veins in the lower half of the body have to work against gravity to bring blood back to the heart. Since there is minimal pressure in the veins, they contain tiny valves that keep blood from flowing backward and "pooling." If these valves don't close all the way, blood moves backward in the veins, causing them to become distended, or varicosed.

Varicose veins are usually visible on the skin, but they can also make their presence known through restless legs, throbbing, cramping, swelling and even pain that gets worse when you sit or stand for long periods. Varicose veins can eventually cause blood clots, which can dislodge and lead to stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis.

There are a number of factors that pre-dispose a person to varicose veins. First, they are four times more common in women and are very common in pregnancy. Prolonged sitting or standing and inactivity can inhibit venous circulation, as can chronic constipation and straining to pass the stool. Finally, there may be a genetic tendency for the problem as there is a family history of varicose veins in 50% of the people who suffer from them. Age also contributes to the risk of CVI and varicose veins.

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