The Health Benefits of the Standing Desk
By Sara Butler
You may have heard by now about the dangers associated with long periods of sitting. In case you just emerged from hibernation and haven’t yet heard, sitting for extended periods of time can have a detrimental impact on your health and wellness. That’s why many employers and employees are taking action to reduce the amount of time spent sitting with a standing desk. If you’re considering a standing desk, there’s a range of health benefits that are awaiting you.
Healthier Postural Transitions
Right out of the gate there’s a phrase you may not understand, but it’s an important one! Postural transitions are the movements your body makes as it changes positions. It can include large movements such as going from standing to sitting or small movements such as moving your foot or an arm.
Ergonomic experts and chiropractors alike suggest that people should make postural transitions several times in an hour. They also recommend that people avoid staying in just one position for too long, advocating a transitional movement every 20 minutes when feasible.
Not working enough transitional movements into the day and sitting or standing statically has been linked to heart disease, obesity, and several other chronic health conditions. The bottom line is when the body can be positioned in a way that facilitates healthy movement, then it will move more often and in a more natural way. All that from a standing desk!
Improve Spine Health
When you stand or sit for long periods of time it’s not healthy for the spine since it compacts the discs and forces them to lose their elasticity -- effectively making injury and pain more prevalent. This will eventually lead to pain, loss of mobility, and decreased flexibility.
When you move around more often during the day, as you might when using a standing desk, blood flow will be encouraged to your spine and the discs between the bones in it. So, it effectively decreases the likelihood of spinal issues down the road.
Engages Core Muscles
One of the best things you can do to support a healthy spine is to build up strength in the core muscles. The core muscles help to support your back, helping to share the load that holding your body upright requires. The movements you make when working upright help to engage your core, and thus help to strengthen it!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.