You probably know that using a standing desk has health benefits, but did you know that our bodies weren’t designed to spend all day sitting? Have you heard anything about the latest research that points to sitting too much being the cause of a variety of negative consequences on our health and well-being? One of those problems is back pain.
Move Around for Better Posture
Even the best office chair won’t keep you at perfect posture all day—over time, we tend to slump or slouch in one direction or another. Perhaps you’ll lean forward, hunching over your keyboard, or maybe you’ll sometimes rest your head on one of your hands while you read what’s onscreen. Poor posture can lead to back pain from strained neck, as well as to herniated discs, and even overall muscle weakness.
You can help improve your posture and add more physical activity to your workday by using an electric standing desk. When you can adjust the height of your desk, you can use it while sitting or standing. Alternating your position from standing to sitting during your workday can help you maintain better posture, which in turn can alleviate back pain.
Many people say that when they switch between sitting and standing while they work, it helps them remember to periodically take quick breaks to move around a bit. Staying in one position for too long can lead to back pain—especially if your posture isn’t always perfect.
Even if you stand while working, you’ll want to check your posture periodically: if you stand too much you could risk hyperextending your knees. Hyperextending your knees puts too much pressure on the fibular nerve, which is one of the branches of the sciatic nerve; it starts behind your knee and runs alongside your calf bone.
Why an Electric Adjustable Desk?
An electric height adjustable desk uses motors to move the desk surface to the height you need, quickly adjusting from a sitting to a standing position. These height adjustments can help anyone position the desk surface for just the right height, no matter whether you’re standing or sitting.
Electric height adjustable desks don’t make you lift the desk surface or turn a crank to get it to the height you need. The electric adjustment typically changes the height of the desk surface faster than manual options, which can save time when you’re ready to change positions. And, the quick height adjustment can be handy if more than one person uses the desk.
All electric height adjustable standing desks have a control panel with buttons that let you easily raise or lower the desk surface. Some have upgrade options with enhanced control panels that give you the option to enter preset heights into the memory. With memory presets, you can raise or lower the desk surface to the height you want with the touch of a single button.