The Risks Behind a Job That Requires a Lot of Standing
Some jobs such as SPG (Sales Promotion Girl) require a person to stand for hours. This condition can cause several health effects. Standing is one of the natural human postures that does not pose any particular health hazard. But if done for a long time this will affect the condition of the body, as well as the dangers of sitting too long. Working in a standing position for long periods regularly can cause leg pain, leg swelling, varicose veins, general muscle fatigue, low back pain, and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. As an example, if you work as a waiter or a waitress at a restaurant, you might need to stand up for a long time to tend to customers. This brings the risk of standing for too long to you, so you better take enough small breaks, or simply use anti fatigue mats for restaurants.
This is because the body is influenced by the arrangement of the work area so that it limits the positions of the workers’ bodies in their activities. As a result, the worker’s body has less freedom of movement and becomes more rigid. Lack of flexibility of the body will cause health problems.
Working in a standing position in the short term will cause discomfort and eventually if it continues can lead to severe and chronic health problems.
Standing too long makes the muscles stiff, which can effectively reduce the blood supply to the muscles. As a result, blood flow is reduced, which accelerates the onset of fatigue and causes pain in the muscles of the back, legs, and neck (these muscles are used to maintain body position).
Workers not only feel muscle tension but also other discomforts such as pooling of blood in the legs, and standing for too long causes inflammation of the blood vessels. This inflammation over time develops into chronic and painful varicose veins.
In addition, it can also cause joints in the spine, hips, knees, and feet to become locked, which will trigger degenerative rheumatic diseases due to damage to tendons and ligaments (structures that bind bone muscles).