Standing still for too long can cause more problems than if you were active for the same amount of time. Many job sectors mean you have to stand for hours; retail, restaurant, medical, manual, and factory. The bad news is that these roles often can’t be changed or adjusted, but the good news is that we have some advice on ways to reduce the impact on your legs and feet from standing too long.
Here’s a bit of biology to explain why standing still causes so many problems. Your heart pumps blood around your body; your feet are the furthest away, so it takes a lot of effort to get the blood back up your legs to your heart. Normal movement of your body helps the blood to be pushed up your legs. If you are standing still for long periods, there is little movement, so the blood flow is reduced, it causes swelling and aching in your feet and legs. Below are some of the effects on your musculoskeletal and vascular systems.
|-Lower back pain
||-Increased cardiovascular disease
||-Swollen legs and feet
Ways to reduce
Ways to relieve
Feeling shattered after a long day at work is normal, but the pain isn’t. There is no need to suffer from foot, leg or back pain from standing up for hours. Not when there are so many things we can do to prevent it. If you are currently struggling with pain, book in for our shockwave, laser therapy, exercise advice and more to help reduce the pain.