It’s well known that sitting for long periods can be very damaging to your health, but did you know that standing for too long can also harm your back?
Standing in one place for longer than two hours at a time can cause many short and long-term health issues to the lower body, including your spine. Extended upright periods in a stationary position can cause pain, stiffness, feet issues, muscle fatigue, leg cramps, severe back pain, and problems with your musculoskeletal system.
For those employees whose job requires them to be upright and immobile, here are some tips to help alleviate the discomfort and prevent short and long-term health problems.
Minimize Your Time
Standing for two hours will not cause complications, however being up in the same position for more than five hours at a time can be very damaging to your lower body. If possible, try to adjust your workload so that you are not standing in one spot for more than 120 minutes at any given time.
Change Your Position
If it is possible, try changing your position so that your body is not always in the same stance. Can you sit or move around during part of your duties? If so, try to balance your day between the different body movements so you do not feel the ill effects afterwards.
Take Frequent Breaks
If you cannot change your position while doing your job, then try to take frequent breaks. Resting every 30 minutes will take the pressure off the lower part of the body so that you do not develop severe muscle, joint or bone pain.
Use an Ergonomically Correct Work Station
If you are in an upright position when working, it is important to use a workstation that is ergonomically correct. That means your space should be the proper height and distance for you to perform your tasks without straining, slouching, bending down, or forcing your body into an unnatural position.
Stop and Stretch
Stretching, like resting, will change your position and get the muscles moving and the fluids flowing. Blood pools and tissues stiffen when people are in the same position for too long. To relieve the pressure and stiffness, stretching the tissue will help alleviate any shrinking or compression while getting the oxygen and nutrient full blood flowing throughout the body, feeding all your vital areas.
See Your Chiropractor
Chiropractors help relieve chronic conditions that result from immobility. If you are holding the same movement or stance for long periods, regular care from a chiropractor will help realign the compressed spinal column so the fluids and nerve signals can fully reach all areas of the body.
At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we help our patients heal from work related trauma by using natural treatment practices to treat many work-related conditions.