Although standing is more preferred than sitting for prolonged periods, standing for long periods may also lead to various complaints. One of which is fatigue because your legs carry the weight of your body for a very long time leading to muscle spasms in the area, and, therefore, more visits to your Wesley Chapel chiropractor.
Standing for prolonged periods may also lead to some extent of stasis of blood in the veins leading to various complaints such as varicose veins and spider veins. As much as we want to prevent prolonged standing, some workers literally work in standing positions for prolonged periods. These may include health care workers, construction workers, salesladies and others. Since prolonged standing is imminent to some people, it is better to undertake measures standing to prevent possible injuries that may happen.
These tips are usually preventive measures for bigger problems when you stand for prolonged periods. If your line of work involves standing for prolonged periods, consider employing the following:
• Put on comfortable shoes
Your shoes will play a big role to keep you comfortable while you stand for a long time. Shoes must be flat or not more than 2 inches in height. They should also fit exactly to prevent feet edema in case they are too tight. Shoes should also have a wide toe area to make the toes more comfortable and prevent callus and corn formation.
• Use foot orthotics
Foot orthotics may also be inserted into the shoes to position the feet properly. Some orthotics provides cushions to relieve pressure on the prominences of the feet.
• Maintain a good posture all the time
Maintaining a good posture is a key to preventing postural problems while standing. If you feel fatigued in maintaining a good posture, you may lean on a wall for some time.
• Move around
Standing on a particular place longer makes standing more bothersome. In this line, it helps when you move around after some time to allow the blood in the lower extremities to circulate better. You can schedule your walk every hour of prolonged standing.
• Increase fluid intake
Some people experience leg pains and leg fatigue after prolonged standing due to dehydration. It is important to carry with you a bottle of water so you have an accessible water source. Also, make sure to drink at regular intervals.
• Alternate you weight in your legs
Standing for prolonged periods may lead to tiredness of both feet, which may manifest as tingling sensations and numbness. When these happen, stand in one leg to allow the other leg to relax. You may lift one leg or elevate it using a stool or any elevated surface then, repeat on the other leg. The rule is, never assume the same position of your legs longer than 20 minutes.
• Practice active Range of Motion Exercises
While standing, you may flex, extend, addict, abduct or circumduct your legs one after the other. This improves circulation to the legs to prevent numbness and venous blood stasis.
• Wear a lumbar support belt
The most common complaint of people standing for prolonged periods is lumbar pain. This happens because the lumbar spine loses its normal curve when it is strained so using a lumbar support belt all the times may help support your lumbar area to prevent serious spinal problems.
Some may not forgo standing for prolonged periods so it is essential to undertake measures to improve posture and support your back.