Move While You're on the Move

Fall 2001 CSANews Issue 40  |  Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.Back to list

Long-distance travelling often means hours sitting in a cramped position. The result can be formation of blood clots in the legs, a condition called deep vein thrombosis. It can be fatal if a clot travels to a lung.

To avoid deep vein thrombosis:
  • Make a point of moving and stretching your feet, if possible, every hour or two.
  • Flex and extend your ankles a number of times every 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Try "walking" in place. While seated, keep your feet firmly on the floor and repeatedly contract your thigh muscles, alternating from one to another.
  • Avoid sitting with your legs crossed.
  • Drink plenty of water or juice. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Certain health factors put you at greater risk of deep vein thrombosis, including a history of blood clots, having cancer, being on hormone therapy, smoking, pregnancy, having had recent major surgery or having recently been immobilized.

If you have concerns, check with your doctor. The doctor could recommend special compression stockings or medication to make a blood clot less likely.

Information provided by the Mayo Clinic.