At our chiropractic clinic here in Springfield NJ, we see a great many people who spend so much time at their desks that they end up with low back pain. It’s very common and perhaps the biggest reason for sick days at work. In recent years, the standing workstation has made its way into the workplace and this has helped a great deal with the issues of sitting at a desk for so long.
But it isn’t without its own problems. Why?
Simply because standing in one position can also put undue stress and strain on the back. Just as sitting and poor posture can lead to the wrong kind of stress imposed on the back area, so too can standing. Once again, our friend posture comes into play.
The standing workstation is generally better to use rather than sitting, but how can it be further improved?
Funnily enough, the solution to this has already been existence for many years. In fact many centuries. Consider the old taverns and saloon bars in the wild west for example. Most of the bar drinkers drank standing up. Bar stools were very rare back in the day. So why didn’t cowboys get back problems? Well, they probably did, but perhaps not from standing at the bar because at the bottom of most bars was a brass rail that ran the entire length of it.
What was this for?
It was for the drinker to place his foot on and take pressure off. He could alternate between feet. An old problem already has an old solution.
Now, most standing desks of course, don’t have a brass rail for you to put your feet up on, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own solution and put some kind of riser for you to place your foot on.
A recent study actually found that some kind of footrest that was about 10% of the height of the person would be beneficial to utilize while using the desk.
So why not try it yourself? See how you get on and see what difference it makes to your back and posture.
However, if you are suffering from any back pain come in and see us and let us examine you and help you.
Call us today (908) 325 – 3000. We can treat and help you.