Circulatory Problems

What are circulatory problems?

Circulatory problems, also known as poor circulation, is the result of the reduced blood flow to certain parts of the body. The circulation system is vital in the delivery of nutrients and oxygen all over the body.

Poor circulation is the result of other underlying health issues, which usually need to be addressed in order to treat the circulation problems themselves.

Among the symptoms of circulatory problems are; numbness, a tingling sensation, muscle cramps, and a stinging or throbbing pain in the limbs. Other symptoms – which are related to the condition which is causing poor circulation – can also be experienced.

What causes circulatory problems?

There are many potential causes of circulatory problems, which can be diagnosed through a variety of physical examinations. The conditions which could be causing poor circulation include blood clots, which are blocking the flow of blood in a certain part of the body; peripheral artery disease (PAD), which causes the narrowing of the arteries and blood vessels; diabetes, which can cause poor blood circulation and cramping; varicose veins, which are enlarged veins caused by the failure of the valve; Raynaud’s disease, which involves the narrowing of the small arteries in the feet and hands; and obesity, as being overweight can lead to conditions such as varicose veins and blood vessel issues.

Treatment options


Osteopathic treatment can help to address structural or muscular impediments which may be affecting the circulation of the blood. The precise techniques which are applied by an osteopath can be focused on relieving muscle tension caused by a condition or injury, allowing the body to return to a more normal degree of functionality.


There are many physical exercises which can be recommended and demonstrated by a physiotherapist in order to treat poor circulation. From push-ups to ankle pumps, and even boxing actions, there is a range of movements which can improve the circulation of the blood. Stretching exercises can achieve improved blood circulation by pulling on the muscles and connective tissues, and in tandem with breathing, can create fluid homeostasis (that is, the optimum balance of fluid concentration in the body).