We’ve been blogging on the huge trend for using standing tables. One type of modified stance we need to bring in to conversation is to lock the knees.
There have been incidences where individuals had fainted after locking their knees when standing for long periods of time. Occupational therapy practitioners teach individuals about fall prevention and also educate people about safe postures.
For someone who is anemic or have hypotensive(low blood pressure), they are more susceptible to “orthostatic hypotension”. Some call it dizzy spells, orthostasis, postural, headrush or lightheadedness. Basically, what happens is that blood pools downwards down to your feet and not to enough to the brain (cerebral perfusion) when there’s a change in body position. Usually, it may take about a minute for the blood pressure to equalize.
Four movements that relieve standing over long periods include:
- Gentle weight shifting. This means bearing weight to your right and left side in a slight sway to either side.
- Peddle in place. This is one I like to do the most because it almost feels like I am marching and I actually feel a bit more relaxed as I work. Simply alternating legs with knee flexing and lifting your heels.
- Hip circles. It’s harder to keep this one subtle so keep your circles small. I try to imagine I am controlling an imaginary hoola-hoop in slow motion.
- Modified plié. Angle your feet in a V shape, pointing your right toes to 2 O’clock and left toes to 10 o’clock and simply do mini squats. You can even squeeze your glutes for some extra stability and toning (wink).
Options are limitless on what you can do. The tips above are just a few I frequently share.