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Standing Desks Verses Sitting What’s Better?

Standing Desks Verses Sitting What’s Better?
Standing Desks Verses Sitting What's Better?

Standing Desks Verses Sitting What’s The Solution?

Considering staying still in any position be it sitting, standing or lying for too long isn’t great for your health regardless of which position it is, then it goes with out saying that as an office worker how you structure your approach to your work day both positional and activity-wise is crucial to your long term health.

The approach you take to using a standing desk or sitting desk or both could well depend on your risk factors towards developing any of the conditions previously mentioned in the blog. However my personal feeling taken from a musculoskeletal physiotherapists perspective is that generally a height adjustable desk is probably the best approach for an office worker. As much as I see countless clients with postural issues exacerbated from their sitting desk jobs and I would love to eliminate the sitting from these peoples lives, I am also realistic that prolonged standing in many will have it’s own postural issues and a better plan of attack is to allow for the constant varying of positions throughout the day.

Using a desk that is easily adjustable from sitting to standing and back again allows if necessary to multiple times a day go from a sitting to standing set up therefore constantly varying the load on your joints and spine whilst breaking up all that evil prolonged sitting which has such a body of evidence behind it suggesting it is detrimental to your long term health.

Considering A Standing Desk? Where Should You Start?

Training your self to stand all day will take time, just like starting a running program where the end goal is running a marathon you don’t start running 30km on day one of your program. The sensible runner will slowly build up the mileage as their body adapts to the demands of running and subsequently their tolerance to running increases. Exactly the same approach will need to be taking when switching from sitting all day to first using a standing desk.
Standing all day you may well find your knees will hurt, you may feel the need to constantly keep adjusting your posture, your feet may start aching or going numb and tingly. All of this is both uncomfortable and obviously quite distracting impacting your ability to concentrate and actually do your job.

Which is why I feel an adjustable desk where you can alternate from sitting to standing easily as a preventative measure before any of the above aches and pains start happening.  Such a desk allows for switching back again throughout the day as many times as necessary and is an effective way to introduce a positive health and postural change to your work day. As I mentioned previously I don’t think someone has to either stand or sit all day, what about that happy medium where things are more like 50:50 as an achievable goal.

Disclaimer: Sydney Physio Clinic does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products mentioned. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific advice or assistance on Standing Desks Verses Sitting What’s Better? should consult his or her general practitioner or physiotherapist or otherwise appropriately skilled practitioner.

Hayden Latimer is the founder of and principle physiotherapist at Sydney Physio Clinic. Since graduating from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand he’s gained wide experience practicing across the globe for over 15 years and is now extremely knowledgeable in helping people reduce discomfort and restore function and mobility.


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