Ergonomic furniture solutions specialist Ergomotion discusses in this article seven reasons for switching to height adjustable desks at the workplace.
An increasingly popular concept today, ergonomic desks were once viewed as unconventional at the workplace. However, increasing awareness of the long-term health consequences of sitting in a chair for extended periods has helped influence workplace furniture choices.
Anyone who has experienced any of the seven situations mentioned below should seriously stand up and consider a height adjustable desk.
1. Lower back pain
Back pain is a result of poor posture, and poor posture comes from slumping, slouching and hunching over a computer screen. A sitting position is not exactly a relaxed position. Most office chairs do not support the natural curve of the spine with the sedentary sitting also causing spine misalignment and muscle shortening leading to unpleasant consequences.
Standing, as in working at a standing desk, forces the body to support the spine, helping to improve posture.
2. The three o’clock slump
That magic hour after lunch and just a couple of hours away from signing off for the day is when the body falls into the dreaded three o’clock slump.
Standing can keep energy levels constant, increase alertness and focus, and also improve productivity.
3. Neck and shoulder pain
Sitting for extended periods of time intensely focussing on a computer screen at the workplace can strain the muscles, ligaments and tendons, or cause tissue damage by placing unfavourable torque on the neck muscles, and contributing to neck and shoulder pain. Mismatched chair and desk heights can also cause the employee to unconsciously raise their shoulders when using the keyboard for instance, causing unnecessary strain to the neck muscles, as well as the muscles at the base of the skull.
4. Tight hip flexors and pelvis muscles
Sitting for long hours in a chair can cause the body to gradually slip further down, causing unwanted tilting of the pelvis, putting strain on the muscles and severely damaging the hip flexors. Sitting causes the hip flexor muscles to shorten and tighten simply because they aren’t being used. The imbalance between these tight muscles, combined with weak gluteus muscles, can pull the hip joint out of alignment with painful consequences.
5. You don’t exercise
Weak back muscles often struggle to support the spine, increasing susceptibility to injury. A typical day involving eight hours of office work, seven hours of sleeping, three hours of leisure time and one hour of commute reduces active time to a paltry five hours a day. Exercise rarely fits into the scheme of things in such a lifestyle.
6. Facts about health issues from sitting
Scientific research has established the correlation between many health issues and prolonged sitting. Breaking up sitting time during the workday can contribute to a lower risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
7. The ‘active couch potato’
The active couch potato is one who spends the working hours of their day slogging it out in a desk chair even if they are able to accommodate an exercise routine in their schedule. The damage from all that sitting cannot be offset by exercising.
Ergomotion offers a comprehensive range of ergonomic desk systems along with expert advice about the right solution.