Standing in a stationary position on hard surfaces for extended periods of time causes muscles to tighten and constrict reducing the bodyís ability to effectively deliver blood to the constricted areas. This reduced blood flow can cause muscles to ache and lead to muscle spasms and pressure on nerves. These conditions force the heart to work harder to pump blood through the constricted areas, ultimately lowering a personís energy level. The result is pain, discomfort and fatigue. Anti-fatigue mats work by forcing subtle movements of leg and calf muscles, which in turn, promotes an easier flow of blood back to the heart. The muscle movement also helps prevent spasms and muscle tension. Anti-fatigue mats also lower the overall shock forces that are transmitted to body joints with each step. Without sufficient cushion, these impact forces can have a debilitating effect by the end of the day.
In a formal study at the Center of Ergonomics at the University of Michigan, Ergonomist Mark Redfern concluded that different standing surfaces can have a dramatic effect on physical fatigue. The study involved fourteen subjects at the Ford Chesterfield Trim Plant who were required to stand throughout their entire shift. A variety of floor conditions were tested, from concrete to a 3/8" anti-fatigue mat. The results were conclusive. Workers who were forced to stand on hard concrete floors for long periods of time suffered significant levels of fatigue and discomfort in the legs, back and throughout the body. On the other hand, workers who stood on anti-fatigue mats were able to reduce the level of fatigue and discomfort by as much as 50%.
Gel Pro anti-fatigue floor mats are an effective solution to foot pain and back pain caused by standing on hard kitchen flooring such as tile, stone, wood and concrete.
Why do Anti-fatigue Mats Reduce Pain?
Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Floor Mats Reduce Foot Pain
Lower Back Pain and Fatigue
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