Do Standing Desks Help with Back Pain?
If you work in an office or from home, you may think back pain is one of those things you have to learn to live with. Not so. There are many things you can do to fix and give you back pain relief.
When we sit down too much, the vertebrae in our spine compress. The surrounding muscles and tendons are also affected by sitting down.
If you want to prevent and fix back pain, you have a choice of options.
Two popular ideas are to buy a back support or invest in an ergonomic chair. That’s great, but increasingly a third option is becoming popular.
Standing Desks For Back Pain
Many people have been working from home for several years. During that time, we have all met many other people online who also work from home. What we have realised is that many people working from home struggle with back pain.
When you work from home, it is all too easy to use an ordinary chair. It is one of the worst things you can do. Sitting in an ordinary chair when working is not good for your back. Within a matter of weeks, many of us suffered all of the classic signs of lower back pain.
Standing In the Right Position
When you first buy a standing desk, you are not going to find the perfect position for you right away. It takes a little bit of time.
It is important to pay attention to the position of your neck. In other words, you should be looking straight ahead at your screen. On occasion, this is challenging to do when you work on a laptop. Many people who use standing desks use a desktop computer, but you may find that using a laptop works for you.
Shoes For Back Pain
The last thing you want to do is to wear your high heels when you are working at your desk. You shouldn’t wear very flat shoes either. Flat shoes can contribute to you leaning backward or forwards. The wrong shoes will contribute to your back pain.
MBT sandals may help to improve your posture. MBT shoes give your feet excellent support as well as encourage you to adopt a better posture. They are great for walking and standing.
If you have ever tried MBT walking shoes or sandals, you will know it is next to impossible not to stand or walk better aligned. They are a tremendous tool when it comes to reducing back discomfort and managing pain. MBT shoes even help to tone your legs!
Should You Wear a Back Support?
That is a good question. If you have back pain when you buy your standing desk, wearing a back support for a while is not a bad idea. Doing so helps your back to adjust the new position.
Fortunately, when it comes to back support, there is plenty of choices. The best back supports for when standing is the ones you place around your waist. It is almost like wearing a belt for support - not uncomfortable.
Other Benefits of Standing Up At Your Desk
Standing up to work or using your computer has other health benefits.
Both men and women who sit down excessively, struggle with extra weight around the core or top of the legs. Fat deposits around this part of our body are thought to be dangerous.
Not only may core fat be dangerous, but most people also find it uncomfortable. Your clothes probably fit less well and you may experience fatigue, and excess weight may affect your posture.
Core weight or belly fat is also hard to shift. When you use a standing desk, your core and leg muscles are much more “engaged.”
What does that mean? It means you are actively using your core and leg muscles more. They are naturally engaged in supporting your spine and legs.
Increased Blood Circulation
Standing up has another health benefit which we should not disregard.
Sitting for long periods leads to poor circulation.
This means your blood can’t circulate as it should. Our arteries have valves in them. If the blood does not circulate the valves weaken and you may even experience pain or discomfort.
In a worst-case scenario, this leads to bruising and varicose veins. When you stand up, you are in a more natural position allowing the blood to circulate.
Also, when you stand up, you probably slightly move. Although the movement is not intense, it still helps your blood circulation.
Ladies who are worried about cellulite, or experience cellulite, should consider buying a standing desk. Along with exercise, it quickly helps to improve skin quality.
Makes You More Alert
Standing up to work also makes you more alert. If you are currently struggling with sluggishness or fatigue, standing up to work can help you.
Part of the answer is better circulation. However, most importantly, standing up makes you feel more alert.
After using my standing desk for a few days, I noticed I was much more productive.
Buying a standing desk is a game changer. Yes, they are great for when you work from home. At the same time, they also have other health benefits apart from helping to reduce back pain.
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