These types of desks are emerging in popularity with office workers around the world due to their many benefits. From an ergonomic standpoint, sit-to-stand desks can help those suffering from chronic pain or conditions that trigger such pain from time to time, such as herniated disks. For many people, switching from a traditional desk, which only facilitates one working position, to an adjustable-height desk, which allows for multiple positions along a range from sitting to standing, is a real difference-maker in quality of life and pain management.
In addition to helping those who need to manage pre-existing, often painful medical conditions, sit-to-stand desks can also serve to prevent multiple health conditions. Studies have shown that office workers who work long hours in sedentary positions are much more likely to gain weight, whether developing into overweight or obese states. Obesity often correlates with multiple medical conditions that threaten quality of life, including diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and hypertension. Sit-to-stand desks encourage freedom of movement and frequency of movement—as workers can easily change positions throughout the day, they can prevent themselves from working in an overly sedentary fashion.
In addition to these quality of life and health aspects, sit-to-stand desks also encourage what we might also call quality of work. When office workers are able to change positions as frequently as they want at their particular work station, they need fewer breaks to rejuvenate their bodies, increasing efficiency and productivity. Another subtle quality of work benefit is that those who utilize multiple work positions can seem more accessible to their colleagues; as people stand more and decrease “hiding” in cubicles and offices in sitting positions, they encourage more collaboration.
No desk is a one-size-fits-all solution, and sit-to-stand desks definitely aren’t for everyone. As with any proposed change to your physical surroundings, especially if you suffer from a medical condition with a chronic pain component, consult your physician on the potential benefits and risks of changing to an adjustable-height desk.
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