DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) Prevention Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) Prevention Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo


Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo. My friend from
the interwebs, Scottish Geeks, asked me to do some exercises on how to prevent DVT. So
let’s get started. So a DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis. Which can be a very scary
situation and it can be life threatening. A lot of times when it happens, you haven’t
moved for a long time. So sometimes it can happen after a surgery, but sometimes it can
happen just on long trips if you’re not very active, like in a plane or just traveling
cross country because you’re not moving those muscles in your legs. So they way to prevent
that is to keep your legs moving and you can do some very simple exercises. Do them, you
know, every 30 minutes to an hour, especially if you’re in a long plane ride, like maybe
a 10 hour plane ride, maybe like a 10 hour plane ride or something like that. So just
to start off with, you want to do a simple ankle pump. And I’m gonna do it in a chair
cause most of the time you’re seated in those small plane seats or in a car seat that you
don’t have a lot of room. So just start off with a simple ankle pump. So pushing down,
coming back up. Nothing big, nothing crazy, but what that does is it works that calf muscle
like a natural pump to keep that blood flow circulating cause what happens with that DVT
again, you’re not getting that good circulation in your legs and then a blood clot forms and
if it breaks loose, then it comes up into your chest and then it can potentially kill
you. So that’s very scary. Do about 10 or 15, switch sides. Do both sides, make sure
you’re doing both sides for these. And then after you do 10 or 15 then take a little break.
Then with your feet on the ground, actually come up with your heels and then come up with
your toes. So just pushing up and then pulling up with your toes. So then this is getting
both sides. This is getting the front part of your legs and those calves in the back.
So same thing, just do about 10 or 15. You don’t have to go crazy with them. And just
get everything moving nice in there. Then take your knee and just bring it up, straight
towards the ceiling. So now you’re kind of getting the hip moving a little bit as well
as the knee. So again, 10 to 15, and then switch sides coming up this way. So this is
stuff you can do even if you’re in a small space if there’s a chair in front of you where
you can do big kicks, just bring those knees straight up. And then the last thing you want
to do, just kind of cross your leg over, and massage that calf muscle. It doesn’t have
to be anything specific or crazy, but you’re just kind of pushing around on the muscle,
massaging it a little bit. You can kind of push up towards your body like this, just
to get that circulation going in the calves so it’s not sitting there potentially getting
that clot. And then again, make sure you’re switching sides, massaging that calf muscle.
You can even, you know, kind of massage the whole leg if you want to, but the calf muscle
is the biggest one. So there you have it, those simple exercises will help prevent a
DVT, if you’re sitting for a long time, or if you’ve had a surgery and you’re not able
to do a lot of moving very quickly. So if you have any questions, leave them in the
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