Step Into Stress Relief With SmartCells
Spring is often a busy time of the year. Between taxes, spring sports, losing weight for summer, gardening, and spring cleaning, it’s no surprise that stress levels run rampant.
In fact, for the last 22 years April has been known as National Stress Awareness Month to raise awareness and combat the potentially fatal effects of stress.
The American Psychological Association found that 51 percent of employees said they were less productive at work as a result of stress. It is also estimated that stress costs the US economy more than $300 billion a year in absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity and medical, legal and insurance costs.
One of the best ways known to reduce stress is to be more active, so in an effort to promote good health many companies offer health and wellness programs and some encourage the use of standing desks to their office employees.
This move to prolonged standing in work environments makes employees susceptible to musculo-skeletal pain and fatigue brought on by periods of extended standing and or walking.
One solution is for standing workers to use an anti-fatigue mat. However, with so many different mats to choose from it is challenging to know which mat / technology to select.
Recently, we have been blogging on the essential questions to ask before purchasing an anti-fatigue product. So far, we have discussed compressibility (elastic modulus), and the height of the material relative to it’s compressibility (densification strain), having a balance between stability and instability, looking at how responsive the surface is to worker movements, and if the anti-fatigue mat surface balances shock attenuation (absorb energy) and resilience (return energy)? Today’s question is:
Does the surface get softer as it is compressed?
There appears to be a popular (and erroneous) logic that reasons if a hard surface is bad for standing, then a soft surface is good for standing. [If that is the case, why not just put mattresses down for standing workers?] In response to this erroneous assumption, many surfaces are constructed from overly soft, squishy foam or gel materials, with claims of being the “thickest”, “plushest”, “most buoyant”, etc. mat, as though that is the primary feature to offer. (See above for discussion of additional considerations.)
Regardless of the variations in construction, from domed foam geometries to draped top-covers with various surface textures, there is one challenge shared by all foam-based products: foam gets harder as it is compressed. And gel just squishes out of the way.
So, if the objective is simply to provide a softer surface, why do it with a material that gets harder or squishes out of the way when used for standing or walking?
The unique SmartCells cushioning technology actually gets softer as it is compressed (just the opposite of foam), without bottoming out.
SmartCells cushioning technology consists of a rubber surface layer integrated with an underlying array of cylindrical rubber cells that soften in response to surface pressure to provide maximum fatigue relief. The SmartCells act like springs that cushion as weight is applied and then rebound when the weight shifts, which returns energy, providing unparalleled responsiveness that helps reduce standing fatigue.
SmartCells technology is available as mats, runners, custom flooring, and NOW in SmartCells Insoles.
SmartCells Cushioning Technology: It’s not how the mat feels, it’s how YOU feel.