The sit stand desk revolution is sweeping through our urban work spaces. Is this just a new fad or is the sit stand desk not only changing the ergonomics of our work space but making a difference to our health at the same time?
I think it is important to note that with anything that you do throughout the day there are opportunities for repetitive strain type injuries. If you sit at a desk or have manual labour job, or you stand all day long, each have their own set of pro’s and con’s and each have their own repetitive strain patterns that play out in the body.
The good thing about the sit stand desk being adjustable means you have a choice. An important thing to remember is if you sit too long you tend to slump, breathe shallow and squash all the abdominal organs causing tightness in the shoulders and hips; not to mention slowing down your metabolism. On the other end of the scale if you stand all day long you can be prone to varicose veins, compression in the lower spine, rotations in the pelvis as you shift your weight from side to side (rotations in the pelvis can also occur in the chair as well).
The sit stand desk is valuable to your postural health when you use it correctly. Like anything there is never a quick fix, you still need to be dedicated to improving your postural health and wellbeing in general with a only a small amount of effort.