Over the last decade, more and more office workers with desk jobs are choosing standing desks for their office or home office. The popularity of standing desks should come as no surprise, as they help decrease the amount of time someone is sedentary during the workday.
But are there health risks with standing desks? If you are at risk for varicose veins and spider veins, it’s important to understand both the benefits and risks before deciding if a standing desk is right for you.
Dangers of Sitting All Day
Many office workers in a traditional 9-to-5 job will sit for most of their workday. Sitting all day long can be dangerous. When you are inactive, you are at an increased risk for health problems such as weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and even heart disease. In fact, research from the Annals of Internal Medicine estimates that each hour of sitting may increase your risk of heart disease and other health issues.
Sitting for long periods of time can also affect your vein health. If you sit for hours a day, your blood doesn’t flow as well from your legs back to your heart. This can cause blood to pool up in your legs and can increase your risk of varicose veins.
With the dangers and risks associated with sitting all day, should you invest in a standing desk? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no, as there are also risks with standing all day.
Risks of Long Periods of Standing
Even though sitting all day can contribute to health problems, the solution isn’t necessarily to stay on your feet all day long. Long periods of standing can also cause health problems and increase your risk for varicose and spider veins.
When you stand all day, your veins in your lower legs have to work harder to circulate blood back throughout your body. This can cause blood to pool in the veins in your legs, leading to spider veins and varicose veins.
Prolonged standing also contributes to fatigue, cramps in your calf muscles, lower back pain, and even headaches.
Is a Standing Desk Right for Me?
With risks for both sitting and standing, should you invest in a standing desk? While there are risks associated with standing all day, a standing desk can help you with your vein health if you have a desk that is adjustable throughout the day. Many newer desks can be raised or lowered, allowing you flexible options throughout the day. Alternating between sitting and standing can help improve circulation and overall health and reduce fatigue.
Worried About Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
If you are experiencing symptoms like leg swelling, leg pain, bulging veins, itching, or feeling like your legs are “heavy,” you may be at risk for varicose veins. The good news is there are treatments available to help address your symptoms. Therapies like compression stockings may help, as well as sclerotherapy and ligation.
Dr. Mathai and his team at Premier Vein Specialists can help you assess your vein health with a free screening at both the York and Hanover offices. Vein health screenings are easy and non-invasive. After your screening, Dr. Mathai will provide a recommended treatment program to get you on a path to a healthier you! Reach out today to schedule your screening.
At Premier Vein Specialists, your health is our priority. Our offices in York and Hanover only admit one patient at a time, and we follow all health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.