Let Go Of Back Pain With A Standing Desk
Having worked from home for almost 15 years, I can tell you that buying a standing desk is the best decision I made.
When your job means that you are always on the go, it's not always about having somewhere to sit down in-between, although that is important as well, it's more about being about to move about freely as you dash from here to there, stopping at your desk to do a quick task before running off to somewhere else. For me, it is more about doing more than one project at a time and having to get up and sit down constantly - always being in motion to complete everything I need to do in a day.
IS A STANDING DESK GOOD FOR YOUR BACK?
Standing desks have been the topic of ongoing research and ergonomic office design for years as experts look at the health aspects of sitting versus standing at work and which is the best for overall benefits. At this moment in time there is a 50 / 50 split for both but I can honestly say that, for me, having a standing desk that I use intermittently during the day and can then adjust into a sitting desk for evenings, my shoulder and back pain is substantially less than it was just sitting. I don't stand all day, only about 20 to 30 minutes at a time and just enough to work out any kinks before I finally lower the height of the desk to sink into my chair.
When you use a standing desk and consider your posture, you take a lot of strain from your shoulders and lower back. A standard desk also means you are not constantly getting up and down as you would with a sitting desk, which again places strain on your neck, shoulders and back. However, despite the benefits for most users, a standing desk isn't recommended for anyone who has a serious back or spine problem.
WHAT IS RECOMMENDED WHEN USING A STANDING DESK?
Sitting a full day at your desk, as most of us do, it not good for your health and that's why you are supposed to take regular breaks. But who has the opportunity to take regular breaks when you are running on full steam to get through the day's work? Experts recommend that you vary your routine between a sitting and standing position, or adjust the height of your desk, to help your posture and that you should make use of a standing desk for at least 20 minutes an hour.
While you are standing at your desk, you can perform a variety of static exercises that will assist in posture and keep your body in shape, because we've all heard how sitting at a desk all day long does to the body. Stand up straight, pull in your stomach and clench your butt. Or stand straight and rotate your shoulders. You will be surprised at how much difference this makes and you will go home without that burning pain in your neck or across your shoulders.