Should You Sit or Stand When Working?
Standing desks in workplaces have increased in popularity recently for numerous reasons. Studies indicate standing while working can lead to better mental focus, better posture and even weight loss. But if you’ve worked at a standing desk for any amount of time, you will have likely experienced some of the downfalls, like ankle pain, foot pain and even back pain. So is standing while working truly better than sitting? We’ve taken a look at both options to determine which is best for preventing persistent lower back pain.
Wear Proper Shoes When Standing
Shoes with proper support will go a long way in protecting your feet, ankles, knees and even your back. They are especially important if you have a standing desk. Women who are forced to wear high heels to work or choose to do so should bring a pair of supportive shoes for the time spent at their desks. Standing for too long with unsupportive shoes can lead to persistent lower back pain, along with other aches and pains.
Posture is Most Important
Regardless of whether you choose to sit or stand at work, your posture is the most important thing to focus on. Many corporate wellness programs will provide employees with tips on improving their posture to alleviate pressure on the spine. Our natural instinct is to slouch or hunch over after several minutes or hours of working in one spot. Your office chair could play a role in your poor posture as well if it’s not ergonomically-friendly. Being in one position for an extended amount of time isn’t good for the spine, so consider switching between a seated and a standing position if the option is available to you.
Move and Stretch Periodically
No matter what position you’re most comfortable working in, remember to move around periodically. Simply getting up once every hour to get water, taking a stroll around your office or doing some quick stretches will keep your blood flowing and avoid the risk of persistent lower back pain. If your company offers corporate wellness programs, take advantage of them to help break up your day and give yourself a reason to move around. Periodic movements and stretches throughout the day are one of the best active spine care techniques you can incorporate into your daily life.
DBC Active Spine Care® has helped more than 150,000 people globally experience back pain relief with a 90% success rate. Our secret is in our spine adaptive functional restoration program, which not only targets existing pain, but also works on strengthening the back and surrounding muscles to prevent future pain from occurring. We offer corporate wellness programs for employers to help their employees stay healthy, which provides many benefits for all parties. To learn more about our services, contact us at any time.