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Benefits of using a standing desk

One of the biggest causes of back pain and back issues is bad posture – and for many people they fall victim to bad posture during working hours when they’re either slumped into a bad chair, or slouched over a laptop or computer.

We don’t realise the effect this can have on our backs, but when you’re spending 8 hours (or more) a day hunched over a desk, it can certainly have detrimental side-effects.

One of the ways you can begin to improve your posture, is by investing in a standing desk. Standing desks have been around for many decades (especially popular with designers and illustrators) but it hasn’t been until recent years that standing desks have become more mainstream in regular offices.

In countries such as Denmark, companies are actually required to provide employees with desks that convert from sitting to standing, so that employees have the option to choose which position they’d rather work in day by day. Whilst this is certainly the ideal situation, it’s not possible for everyone – and in the UK there aren’t any requirements around desk and chair quality.

So what are the benefits of a standing desk? Keep reading to find out…

Decreased back and neck pain

Over time, using a standing desk can help ease back and neck pain. There have been many studies to support this, including the study called “Take-a-Stand Project” in 2011. This particular study found that participants of the study who spend approximately an hour of their day standing up, experienced a 54% reduction in upper back and neck pain. That’s quite a considerable amount, and the study showed dramatic results. Having the option to stand for part of your day could have the same effect on you.

Lower risk of heart disease

You wouldn’t think a simple change from a sitting desk to a standing desk could affect your heart, but it does and studies have proved it. This link has actually been researched many time, and one of the most famous studies took place In 1953 where a selection of bus conductors were studied. Of those that took part, the ones who stood all day had half the risk of heart disease-related deaths than those who were seated. Similar studies have been repeated since, all with similar findings. Generally a sedentary lifestyle is considered closely linked with cardiovascular mortality.

Standing desks burn more calories

If you’re looking to improve health and well-being across lots of areas of your life, a standing desk might be able to help you. For people who are overweight or obese, a standing desk can help burn additional calories, which can go onto contribute to weight loss. For people at an ideal weight, it can help maintain your weight and avoid obesity or weight problems. By standing at your desk instead of sitting, it’s approximated that you’ll burn an additional 50 calories per hour, which all adds up over time.

close shot of woman neck

4 Causes of Neck Pain and How to Treat Them

Neck pain or ‘a stiff neck’ is relatively common, and some people can suffer from repeated episodes of intense pain. You might feel pain on just one side of the neck, or feel tense in the whole of the neck and shoulders. The intensity of the pain can also vary from person to person depending on the cause of it – you may feel a sharp pain when you turn your head, or it may be a dull, persistent ache. Neck pain can have an impact on everyday life, and if it doesn’t go away in a couple of weeks you should seek treatment.

Treating Neck Pain

The best way to treat neck ache is to prevent it from ever returning by understanding the causes. Most neck and back pain is caused by factors of a modern lifestyle, so once we are aware of them we can do our best to carry out preventative treatment. Here are four common causes of neck pain.

  1. Text neckman twisting his back texting

As the smartphone becomes a permanent extension of the body, it seems it is having a negative impact on the neck and spine. Constantly looking down to text and use a phone puts extra pressure on the neck and upper back. Poor posture during smartphone use is starting to cause problems for younger patients who shouldn’t yet have neck or back issues, according to experts – The Daily Mail has reported the younger generation could be plagued by text neck.

  1. Injury

The most common neck injury is whiplash, which is often the result of a car accident. A neck sprain or strain can cause intense pain for a short period of time, and some injuries can last for months. You can also acquire a neck injury from a fall or a sports related accident.

  1. Bad posture

An incorrect sitting or standing posture can also lead to pain in the neck. If you sit for long periods at a desk staring at a computer, you may experience neck or back pain at some point. Make sure you don’t slouch in the chair and that screens are level with your eyes so your neck isn’t in an awkward position.

  1. Sleeping in an awkward positionwomen sleeping in a bad position

Sometimes a person may wake up with a stiff neck when they were fine the day before, which indicates the problem has occurred during sleep. Try not to sleep on your front and don’t twist the neck while in bed. You should also make sure your pillows aren’t too high which can cause the neck to be at an awkward angle.

Neck pain is a real pain in the neck…excuse the pun! Visit our chiropractors today to try manual therapies and relieve the pain.