Do Anti-Fatigue Mats Really Work?

Anti-FatigueIf you’re wondering whether anti-fatigue mats really do anything, and if they’re worth buying, the short answer is yes, they do work. There have been a number of studies examining anti-fatigue mats. The theory behind them is that when people have to stand and work for long hours on a hard floor, especially concrete or stone, employees have a lot of discomforts.

The discomfort is believed to be caused by a number of factors. Standing on a hard floor increases muscle tension. Increased muscle tension over long periods can irritate nerves, ligaments, and tendons, not just in the lower joints, like the ankles and knees, but also in the back, shoulders, and neck. Also, as muscle tension stays activated, blood flow decreases.

When a person stands on an anti-fatigue mat, because the mat is cushioned, and not a hard surface, the individual has to frequently make small movements to compensate and maintain balance. The small movements increase blood flow in the lower body and cause the muscles to tense and relax repeatedly. So, muscles are not locked in one position for a long time.

What has been clearly shown in research is that people perceive to have less discomfort when they can stand on an anti-fatigue mat. Research has not shown exactly how this works, and changes in the body’s musculature or posture have not been quantified.

So, as a business owner, this is an easy decision to make. People feel better when they can stand on an anti-fatigue mat. If they feel better, then the business will have fewer sick days, less lost time, and a lower cost of the associated workplace injuries.

We have all different types of anti-fatigue mats. One that comes in snappy colors, ones that are chemical-resistant, and ones that have beveled edges and recycled content, just to name a few. If your employees are on their feet all day on a hard floor, get them an anti-fatigue mat, like yesterday. Don’t wait another minute.

Do you have other questions? It’s easy to contact us, and we’re happy to help you. You can always call us at (877) 333-1018 or email us at sales@eaglemat.com for more information or if you aren’t sure what you need.

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