One question we ask a lot of our patients who work at computers is, “What does your workstation look like?” Often, we get the answer that the person has a standing desk. The current trends in the computer industry are to afford the worker “optimal” positions to work from. Does this one variable equate to an optimal workstation set-up? In my opinion, I would say no, as there are many variables at play when designing a workstation. Chair height, presence of arm rests, arm rest height, monitor distance, foot support, and height of the chair back rest are all variables to address with a home or office workstation. However, a stand/sit desk does offer the user many options. A stand/sit desk allows muscles in the hips and low back to work differently than sitting positions. This allows for those areas to relax, stretch, and decrease the risk of repetitive use injuries associated with prolonged positioning. Many of our neck and shoulder patients benefit from simple adjustments to their working environment that they are in each day.
The one constant in the entire workstation equation is the need for optimal alignment of the head, neck, and shoulders. This, ideally, does not change from standing to sitting. Meaning, that you could ignore the lower half of the body and the upper half should look the exact same in either position. Therefore, the change of standing instead of sitting does not cure all the problems associated with prolonged workstation positioning.
Our staff takes time to discuss all aspects of your life that can be contributing to your condition, including your working postures/positions. Please check out our informational web page on workstation alignment and ergonomic options. Contact our clinic today if you have any questions or would like to have a physical therapist take a look at your workstation setup.