Standing desks are all the rage at the moment and for good reason. They allow office workers an opportunity to stand during their 9-5 work day and prevent areas of tension associated with long hours of sitting from building up. Many people notice an immediate reduction in back and neck pain when correctly implementing a standing desk at their work station. While standing desks are a great addition to the workplace, it is still important to be aware of maintaining a good posture when standing. Even though you may not be sitting all day long, lazy standing desk posture habits can sneak in and cause areas of postural tension to build up. Below are a few of the top tips I give to my patients when it comes to using a standing desk.
Problem: People Leaning on One Hip While Standing
We always have a tendency to weight bear to one side more than the other (i.e. to lean all of our weight into one hip joint). This is generally fine on a day-to-day basis but it can become a big problem if you do this for a prolonged period of time like at work at your standing desk. This type of posture tends to overload one side of your pelvis and lower back and over time, may lead to lower back or sacroiliac joint pain.
Solution: Postural Correction
If you do tend to lean to one side, try having a staggered stance instead (i.e. stand with one foot in front of the other at hip distance). It is pretty hard to lean to one side with this stance and it also helps to maintain a nice curve in the lower back.
Problem: Screens Are too Low
It is not uncommon to find that people with standing desks have their screens positioned too low. While a standing desk is much better for your spine it is still important to remember to have all computer or laptop screens positioned at eye level to prevent neck pain from developing.
Solution: Use a Computer Monitor
Use a computer monitor on the standing desk to get the computer screen at eye level.
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Those are really the main issues I find with standing desks. Obviously, it is also important to stay active throughout the day by moving around the office. With any of my tips, you don’t have to be perfect 100% of the day – but maintaining an awareness of your standing desk posture and correcting yourself when you find yourself in a posture that isn’t that great will make a huge difference.
If you have any questions about your own standing desk posture or would like some help with any posture-related aches and pains, feel free to get in touch with my Brisbane CBD chiropractor clinic or book online.