Prolonged standing at work may cause long-term muscle problems

A small study revealed that standing for a prolonged period of time at work may spell muscle fatigue of the lower limbs, increasing the risk of long-term muscle disorders, according to WebMD on July 28.

The study, which was published in the journal Human Factors, involved 14 men and 12 women of varying ages who were asked to simulate a shift at a manufacturing plant. After five hours of standing while doing light tasks, with occasional five-minute breaks and a one and a half-hour lunch break, researchers found that all the participants were observed to experience significant lower-limb muscle fatigue. This increases someone’s risk of chronic back pain and other long-term musculoskeletal conditions.

Researchers believe that the effects of prolonged standing can be alleviated by work rotations, regular stretching exercises, and a more dynamic workload.

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