Standing desks are undoubtedly the way forward. Recently, I have strongly recommended using a standing desk to one of our patients. .
I have been seeing them for some time and it’s clear that their work posture is the single most significant aggravating factor for their back pain. The 8+ hours a day they sit in front of a screen is a real challenge for a back. So, anything that can be done to reduce this time will, as a result, also help reduce their back pain. A standing desk would be an ideal solution to this problem.
I have recommended splitting their time between standing and sitting, because standing all day can lead to back, knee or foot problems. The easiest way to achieve this is to use a desk that can be raised upwards with a bar stool type chair that you can pull up to the desk when you need to sit.
Now, if the reduction in this pain wasn’t adequate motivation, a standing desk will also have some more immediate benefits. They have been shown to increase focus, alertness and activity level in workers and several of our patients have said that they have made the last few hours of the day far more productive.
Additionally, and most importantly, recent studies have also shown some dramatic, and unfortunate, results of sitting for long periods of time. If you sit a lot you are 54% more likely to have a heart attack; with men who sit more than 6 hours a day having a 20% higher mortality rate and women have a staggering 40% higher mortality rate. It is shown that if you sit for more than 23 hours a week you are 64% more likely to die from heart disease. We have touched on the detail form the studies that show this elsewhere.
The care we provide at C1 is aimed at resolving problems caused by work posture and anything you can reasonable do to reduce these problems would help us, and enormously. To make this happen, we fully commend a standing desk as part of this important preventive care.