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Standing Desks – To Sit or Not to Sit that is the Question



Standing Desks  – To Sit or Not to Sit that is the Question

You don’t need to be a back pain sufferer, a neck pain sufferer, a shoulder pain sufferer or a chiropractors patient to know that office work probably isn’t the best thing for your spine. The question is how do we best limit the strain that thousands of hours of computer work place on our precious spinal system.
Much has been written about the merits of the standing desk so without going into the biomechanics I’d like to paint a general picture.
When considering whether to use a standing desk or a sitting desk on a given day there are 3 things to consider…

1. if it feels good do it

Your body is equipped to give you perfect feedback on what is good for it, ‘listen’ to it and trust how you feel.. If a standing desk is causing discomfort perhaps back off briefly and seek some professional help from a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist to try and figure out what is going wrong.

2. Better to sit well than stand badly

Your spine would rather you sit beautifully than stand badly. Alignment of the spinal column is what really counts more than any specific way of getting there. So whether you choose a standing desk or a sitting desk set up I would encourage you to take a little responsibility for sitting or standing well. (If you don’t know where to start give me a call and I’ll run you through correct sitting and standing posture it takes about 10 minutes).

3. Standing Desks are Awesome

Standing activates the muscles and circulation in the lower half of your body. It’s way easier to stand straight than sit straight. Sitting tends to compress the internal organs. Sitting tends to drop the shoulders forward especially if the seat is too low.
Remember though that just because something is good it doesn’t mean that everyone has to do it and those who do choose it don’t hVe to do it all the time.
Tobias Hall is a chiropractor with an office in the Wellington CBD. In addition to using chiropractic and acupuncture to managing episodes of back pain and the like he places great emphasis on patient empowerment through education and rehabilitation exercise.