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Standing Desks - Giving Your Back a Break: October 26, 2011

“I’m on the computer all day long, spread sheets, setting up meetings,” says Marianne Asaro.

It’s her home away from home. Mariane makes her living behind a desk.

“Then I realized that I was sitting too much and my back and my hips started to really bother me and my neck,” says Marianne.

It’s a common complaint from office workers.

“Sitting behind a desk is not really healthy because number one you’re sitting at what they call a triple flex position: your knees are flexed, your hips are flexed, it’s hard on your back and really hard on all your lower extremities,” says Dr. Sal Lacagnina, Vice President of Health and Wellness for Lee Memorial Health System.

The position affects the body’s muscles, tendons and ligaments.

“The other problem is you really don’t burn any calories when you’re sitting down, so metabolically it’s a really bad state,” says Dr. Lacagnina.

Health experts are seeing a rise in standing desks. The upright positioning encourages people to move around more and creates better posture.

“Your posture is more in the normal alignment as opposed to sitting down, most people don’t slouch as much when they stand up as they do when they sit down so that is really good for your bones,” says Dr. Lacagnina.

“I can move this desk to either side, so if I’m writing or I’m working on a document or I can take it off all together,” says Marianne.

Marianne made the switch and elevated her work life.

“It’s really increased my productivity, and my alertness too. I don’t have those pains, I feel better, I feel more energetic when I can get off work.”

The standing advantage doesn’t require a special desk. You can always set your computer on a high counter. The new perspective may give you a new outlook on your health.