To Use a Standing Desk or Not Use a Standing Desk?
By Sara Butler
To stand or not to stand? That is the question! Standing desks have taken the working world by storm, promising all kinds of benefits. But does it really deliver, or is it merely a fad that will one day fade into obscurity? Should you get a standing desk or not?
The Benefits of a Standing Desk
Standing desks can help you find relief from lower back, shoulder, and arm pain while you work, but that’s assuming you’re also practicing good body mechanics as you’re using it. There are three ways you can get the most out of your standing desk, which are:
- Practice good posture – It’s not enough to merely stand; you have to practice proper posture while you’re doing it. Many people tend to hunch over when working at a standing desk or go the opposite way and hyperextend their lower back. That will only lead to more aches and pains instead of helping you find relief from them.
- Choose the right shoe – Sure, you can use a standing desk in hopes it’ll help keep your body healthy as you work, but if you’re wearing shoes that aren’t supportive then you won’t be doing yourself any favors. If you wear heels to the office, make sure you have a pair of comfortable shoes to wear as you work with good arch support and cushioning.
- Take frequent breaks – You may think because you’re standing you don’t need to worry about taking breaks to stretch and move around, but that’s not the right kind of thinking! Even when using a standing desk, you need to take a small break at least once an hour to move around, break your posture, and stretch your muscles out.
Other Helpful Hints
To help with your overall health when you use a standing desk, make sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day. This can help to reduce muscle aches and keep your body functioning at its best. Also, eat right and get exercise at least a few times a week to keep your muscles strong and supportive. Make sure you’re seeing your chiropractor regularly because a standing desk won’t help to correct any joint restrictions or dysfunctions you may be experiencing.
If you have questions about standing desks and if they’re right for you, discuss it with your chiropractor at The Joint!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.