Why Standing or Sitting All Day Can Lead To Varicose Veins

There are many full-time jobs that require employees to sit for countless hours each day. This can take a toll on your body and sap your energy.  Many articles have been written regarding the negative effects of sitting for long hours.  Even though many workplaces have incorporated more standing and less sitting, research has shown that standing for long hours has similar consequences as sitting, especially for your legs.


Standing All Day Can Lead To Varicose Veins:

Standing all day at a job can be painful and is often unpleasant. By the time you return home, one may experience aches, pains, and even swelling in the legs.  You might think that with a good night’s rest, all will be well. What you might not know however is that you could be placing yourself in harm’s way for developing varicose veins or other related issues.

Not everyone runs the risk of developing varicose veins. Many people will never experience abnormal veins in their lifetime. With this said, the dangers are there and can be lead to serious problems. You should understand the symptoms and be aware that anyone can become susceptible. Although many doctors will say that standing is not the only cause for varicose veins, it certainly can be a significant factor. Indeed, there are many other causes, including a family history of varicose veins, especially spider veins, obesity, and other issues.  Standing all day long is a significant risk.


Treating The Problem:

As more businesses are now incorporating standing desks for their employees, it does not mean you are not at risk of developing varicose veins.  If you are in other industries that involve standing all day long, it’s essential you become aware of the symptoms from developing varicose veins and get treatments before it’s out of control.  Understanding the characteristics and the signs could help you avoid ending up with vein conditions.  Too much standing or sitting is just not good.

Also, if you are in a work environment involving a standing desk, you can increase the risks of developing carpal tunnel syndrome while typing or being on the computer for a great length of time. The standing position causes many office workers to return to a sitting position, as there is less stress on their wrists.


Find A Balance For Everything You Do:

standing all day at work can lead to varicose veinsWhether standing or sitting, you can develop varicose veins and research has shown that both positions can lead to other medical conditions.  If you are noticing stress, pain, or swelling, you should contact your doctor and get a diagnosis to find out if you are developing varicose veins.

One of the best steps you can take is to balance between sitting and standing for long hours.  If you sit most of the day, take a break, get up and walk around while stretching your muscles and letting your blood flow.  Try parking your car just a little further from your job and walk.  Take the stairs to your office instead of the elevator.  If you stand for the majority of the day, take a break and elevate your legs.

Take steps to minimize your standing or sitting and speak with your doctor. If you are experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, we encourage you to visit The Secret Vein Clinic for varicose vein treatment. There are many non-invasive treatments available that can correct the situation and give you relief from future varicose vein issues.

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Dr. Peter Mann