Have you wondered what the benefit of having a standing desk really is? Different countries and work environments have adopted different techniques to optimize work performance. For example, the majority of employees in Scandinavia working from a computer workstation have a sit-stand desk. A 2019 study found that work engagement and subjective performance improved when using a sit-stand desk compared to sitting only. Further, reducing the time sitting at work by one hour/day resulted in less neck and shoulder pain.
Why is posture important at work?
Prolonged static postures can lead to all kinds of musculoskeletal (MSK) issues. Sitting for multiple hours a day can lead to weak core muscles from slouching, resulting in possible strain on the spine, especially the low back. Additionally, computer desk work for long hours without changing your posture can lead to hunched shoulders and neck pain from leaning your head forward.
How to improve your posture?
It is never too late to improve your posture. The best posture is a changing posture – movement is medicine. You may even find some relief in symptoms and prevent future injuries by working on strengthening your core muscles, as well as your low back and neck/upper back. Creating body awareness through exercises can be very helpful with improving posture and finding a balance between sitting and standing at work that works best for you.
What can we do to help?
When you are used to sitting at a desk for most of the day, drastically changing your posture may bring some discomfort. Too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. For example, standing all day can lead to excessive strain on your feet, knees, and low back. Slow and progressive changes, in this case, are recommended to prevent soreness and aches in the feet, legs, hips, and core muscles. If you want to try a new desk setup or transition to a sit-stand desk, our team is here to help! Learn more about our healthcare services online or call the CURAVITA Byward Clinic at 613-860-8600 or the CURAVITA Glebe Clinic at 613-237-9000 to book an appointment with any of our healthcare providers.