Prolonged standing on a hard surface will lead to damaged veins. This damage occurs as pressure inside the veins builds up and expands the sides of the veins. As the years go by, the vein becomes permanently expanded and the flaps that make up the valves are no longer able to reach together.
Anti-fatigue mats are designed to reduce tiredness and stress on the feet, legs, and lower back for workers who stand in one position for long periods of time (e.g. an entire 8-hour shift).
While anti-fatigue mats can help reduce weariness, no single solution can eliminate it – even sitting or lying down for extended periods needs a break!
Scientific studies show that standing for long stretches of time is particularly stressful and fatiguing, especially if it’s in a static position. Regardless of the quality of shoes and quality of the flooring underfoot, simply standing causes tiredness after an entire workday on a level comparable to exercise!
How Standing For Work Will Affect You
Naturally you are constantly moving all day. Your muscle contractions make sure your blood is circulating through your body.
When you use your muscles to keep standing, there’s only really one long muscle contraction and it puts your muscles under strain. This means your blood doesn’t pump back to your heart efficiently.
Here’s the scientific bit:
Recently, professors from Loughborough University did a study commissioned by our main anti-fatigue matting supplier.
It looked in to the affects of fatigue from standing for work.
They found it only took 90 minutes of standing on a concrete floor until fatigue set in.
People complained of serious discomfort to their feet, legs and back,
and stiffness to the neck and shoulders.
There was also a major decrease of inability to concentrate after 50 minutes of standing.
If you stand for work, without the right solutions in place you’ll first start to experience
common symptoms such as tiredness, with aching and fatigue to your legs. After this
your feet may become affected and swell up.
This is caused by stressed body tissue from the prolonged standing. If ignored, your feet
could develop chronic inflammation, causing scar tissue to form and in turn force changes
to your bone structure. You could also develop varicose veins and heart problems due to
the increased pressure on them from the restricted circulation.
THE BENEFITS OF ANTI-FATIGUE MATS
Ergonomic mats are scientifically designed to:
Reduce lower back pain
By relieving pressure on the spine
By reducing strain on muscles in the back
Promote good posture
By stimulating cyclic muscle contractions for better blood circulation
Prevent stiffness in your joints
By making natural, frequent minor changes to your standing position
By easing tension in your shoulders and neck
Reduce energy consumption
By relieving tension & supporting muscles
Reduces foot pressure
Through the cushioned rubber
By improving concentration
By reducing accident potential