The effects of poor circulation in the body can have more negative consequences than we know . The extremities of the body are often one of the first places a person notices that they have a circulation problem. It actually affects the blood flow throughout the whole body, but here it is most noticeable.
Do you spend a lot of time standing up at work?
Standing and sitting at work for long periods at a time, can be a potential health risk. Approximately half the countries workforce – could be facing health risks from prolonged standing and as much as 2 million sick days a year result from lower limb disorders.
Do you fall into either of these categories?
Leg pain and foot pain – Consider that if you spend most of the day on your feet, some of the potential health risks include cold hands, cold feet, varicose veins, swollen ankles and feet, swollen veins, skin discoloration, leg pain, foot pain, aching bones and joints.
Standing all day at work may also increase hypertension.
Hypertension is also associated with standing for long hours at a time and people who have to do this, need to ensure they take regular breaks and change their body position by sitting down. Some recent studies have suggested that standing is good for you compared with sitting. This makes some sense, but the key thing is the length of time in either position. Whether you stand up a lot or sit down a lot, you should change your position regularly and stretch your legs a bit every hour or two. The human body doesn’t cope well with being in the same position hour after hour.
Sitting all day long.
Prolonged sitting can bring with it just as many potential health risks as prolonged standing. Here are some of the more well-known symptoms of prolonged sitting. Most of us have experienced these on a long train or bus or plane journey, but for those people who have to sit in pretty much the same position for long periods of time, they may well be more familiar with these:
• Restricted circulation to extremities resulting in poor circulation in hands and feet.
• Cold feet/cold hands due to restricted blood flow.
• Muscular aches, strains and cramps.
• Pins and needles.
• Restricted blood flow.