Our bodies are designed to facilitate pain-free, everyday natural movement. However, due to the increasing prevalence of sedentary jobs and the availability of TV streaming services, we now spend an average of 9.3 hours each day sitting down, which is more than half of our sleep time.
The amount of sitting we do may be harming our foot and leg health and detrimental to our ability to meet the recommended amount of activity each day of at least 30 minutes.
Our muscles, bones, and joints may experience abnormal pressure when sitting down. We'll discuss what this means for the feet and legs later, but first, let's take a brief look at what it might mean for our spine.
The pressure on our spine's intervertebral discs increases by 140% just by sitting in our seats. And when we hunch forward when sitting, as so many of us do, this pressure increases to 190% higher than it would be if we were standing. It makes sense that so many people are returning from work physically spent and experiencing back discomfort.
Leg pain with extended periods of sitting may be a sign of venous insufficiency, where our sedentary lifestyle compromises our circulation. When our veins aren't functioning correctly to keep blood flowing from our legs to our hearts in an efficient manner, it's known as venous insufficiency. This condition makes it more difficult for the blood to do its job because it must constantly move against gravity without any physical activity to get our hearts pumping and encourage healthy blood flow. Instead, blood may collect in the legs and feet, resulting in discomfort and oedema. Usually, in the calves, the discomfort is described as a burning or cramping sensation.
The fact that prolonged sitting can result in the weakening and wasting away of the central leg and gluteal muscles are one of the reasons that it is now considered "the new smoking." These muscles help stabilize you throughout the day and are crucial for walking. You are more prone to hurt yourself during exercise through strains and falls if these muscles are weak.
According to research, sitting for more than four hours a day dramatically raises your risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other fat-related illnesses.
From our perspective, patients with sedentary professions and few opportunities for mobility during the day are more likely to experience foot and leg pain and injury due to a generally sedentary lifestyle, weak muscles, or circulation issues.
The most excellent method to help is to move around and alleviate whatever discomfort you may already be experiencing without seeming pretentious. Although you have no control over your job's nature, you can:
Venous insufficiency develops when the blood in the veins cannot ascend from the legs and return to the heart. When worn, compression boots like the Recovapro Air's dynamic compression system firmly press the veins. The pooled blood is forced upward and toward the heart by this compression, which increases pressure in the legs.
Compression therapy aids in improving blood flow to the feet, ankles, and lower legs. It is a successful treatment for swelling and pain brought on by circulatory disorders such as varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.
Likewise, you can also use the Recovapro Massage Gun. Again, it's simple to use, and it's a terrific alternative to hand-massaging your calf muscles.
Recovapro can be helpful if your leg or foot pain keeps you from being active at work. To help set you up for success and pain-free movement in the future, our recovery tools can assist you in recovering from any injuries and implementing the proper care to strengthen and stretch weak or inflexible muscles.