Sit-Stand Desks

Sit-Stand Desks

Sit-Stand Desks: What’s all the fuss?

As Physiotherapists, we are often asked by our clients whether they should be requesting a Sit-Stand desk at work. An article recently published in the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s In Touch Journal by Marina Vitale, suggests that allowing change of position of your posture at work throughout the day, may be the key to ensure good health and to prevent sickness and disease.

Sit Stand deskIt has been researched that prolonged sitting has many negative effects including musculoskeletal pain and tightness, mental fatigue, and reduced work productivity. But it isn’t a question of whether you should spend all day standing to reverse the negative impact of sitting, but rather a more dynamic approach of a combination of sitting and standing throughout the day to encourage movement.

We now know that prolonged sitting is directly linked to musculoskeletal disorders and make up 44% of compensable injuries, and 15-22% of sick leave. Have a think how much time you spend sitting at work? Do you also sit to/from work in the car or on the bus or train? When you get home, do you sit down to eat dinner and relax in front of the TV? Let’s start with reducing the hours of sitting aUneven stancet your work place.

But it is not recommended to ditch the office chair completely. It is important to be aware that spending all day standing at your desk can have negative effects including lower back pain, hip/knee pain, foot discomfort or swelling, and adopting poor postures. Can you stand for more than 5-10 minutes keeping equal weight through your feet, your hips level and maintaining the natural curves of your spine? It’s difficult! Your body is designed to move, adjust and re-adjust.

The guidelines suggest that the duration of “safe” prolonged standing at a work station is less than one hour, and a total of four hours in a day. Try starting with a standing session of 20-30 minutes to accumulate to 2 hours of standing per day, slowly building up to a total of 4 hours per day. 

Speak to one of the Physiotherapists at Your Health Domain to learn about the correct postures for sitting and standing. Strengthening and stretching exercises will play a key component in improving postural strength and reducing risk of injury. We offer 14 Pilates classes every week which are targeted to improving your postural endurance.

Please don’t forget to still take regular breaks, find reasons to walk around the office, or even go for a stroll outside in your lunch break. MOVE IT OR LOSE IT!

Call 9251 5111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book an appointment.

Visit www.yourhealthdomain.com.au for more information

 

Reference: Issue 2 2016, In Touch Magazine, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Journal. In Touch is the official publication of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, a National Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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