Standing Desks: Good or Bad for Varicose Veins?

Standing desks have received quite a bit of positive publicity as more studies have shown the health dangers of a full day of sitting. However, standing desks may not be the solution to sedentary living that they claim to be, particularly for those worried about varicose veins. Are standing desks good or bad for varicose veins? The answer to that question may not be as simple as you think.

The Dangers of Sitting
Standing desks started coming on the scene after sitting was deemed the “new smoking” by some health gurus. Recent studies have shown excessive sitting may lead to an increased risk of coronary heart disease and kidney disease. Sitting has also been linked to weight gain, which in turn could lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even some types of cancer. Even regular exercise may not combat the health risks associated with days of sitting, researchers have now warned.

Disadvantages of a Standing Desk
Unfortunately, simply moving to a standing desk will not remove all health risks from your work day. Prolonged standing also has its disadvantages, including fatigue, leg and back pain and reduced concentration. In addition, long days of standing may increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis and (yes, indeed!) varicose veins.

Standing and Varicose Veins
The veins in the lower legs have the difficult job of moving blood back up the body to the heart. Over time, these veins can wear out or become damaged, causing blood to pool inside the veins and the vessels to swell and become varicose. The problem is more likely to occur when blood movement becomes more challenging due to factors like increased body weight, restrictive clothing or prolonged periods of standing. That is why standing professions like nursing, cashiering and waiting tables tend to see a higher incidence of varicose vein formation.

Making the Right Choice for You
You don’t have to give up your dream of a standing desk completely, even if you do have an increased risk for varicose veins. Many people find standing desks can be an asset to their comfort and productivity as long as they are used correctly. First, take a few sitting breaks during the day to give your legs a rest. Periods of walking will also help to reduce your risk for discomfort and venous conditions. Finally, elevating your legs at the end of the day or wearing compression stockings at work will give your legs and your leg veins the extra support they need to remain healthy.

If you do develop varicose veins, minimally-invasive treatments are now available to eliminate those unsightly, bulging veins and the uncomfortable symptoms that often accompany them. The staff at PCI Veins offers a variety of vein treatments that allow us to tailor your procedure to your specific needs. To learn more about your options in vein treatments, contact PCI Veins at 319-774-8432.


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