How electric standing desks are improving back pain stats
Here’s a statistic for you: did you know that around 16.4% of the population suffer from back pain? That’s about 4 million Aussies!
The numbers are alarming. Worse however is the fact that this number looks set to rise thanks to increasing rates of inactivity and sedentary behaviour.
The number one culprit? Prolonged sitting.
If you work a desk job, this is a very real risk to your health. It can affect your metabolic system, affect your weight, and increase your risk of heart attacks, blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer unless it’s stopped.
What can you do to safeguard your health? And how can an electric standing desk help?
The link between extended sitting and back pain
Most of us accept that much of our working day will be spent seated in an office chair. That’s 8 hours (and sometimes more) spent in your chair, working – and we haven’t even gotten started on time spent seated at home, or during your commute home!
Needless to say, it’s pretty safe to say that we’re spending more time seated than ever before. And with that comes a range of side effects, including back pain.
Dealing with chronic back pain? Your time spent seated could be playing a part!
Long periods of inactivity (in particular, sitting) can put stress on your back – in particular, it compresses your muscles and the discs in your spine, and can cause tightness in your lower back and hips.
Not to mention, many of us default to a slouched position when sitting – something that affects our posture and which in turn can also result in back pain.
Finally, your body operates on a “use it or lose it” principle – therefore, inactivity leads to your muscles and spine weakening. Over time, this makes you more susceptible to back pain and other problems.
Fighting back: how to combat back pain from sitting
So the link between back pain and sitting is strong. And now that we know the cause, we can take steps to fight back!
It doesn’t have to be major changes, either – all you need to do is make a few changes to find relief for back pain.
This can include simple changes that get you out of your chair and which get you to engage your body, such as:
- Taking short breaks in between sitting to relieve stress on your lower back
- Using ergonomically-designed chairs for instances where you must remain seated
- Try standing when talking over the phone
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Eating your lunch or taking breaks standing
In particular, electric standing desks can give a huge lift to your health!
Electric standing desks: your secret weapon in the battle against back pain
“Okay, so these tips are handy,” you think to yourself, “but I don’t see how they’re going to have much of an impact in the big picture.”
Even the smallest of changes can help improve your health and wellbeing, as well as reduce your risk of back pain.
And that can include something as simple as standing up while doing office work.
Today, corporations or even those work-at-home individuals are becoming aware of the benefits standing desks can bring.
While they won’t totally eliminate the use of chairs, they will get you out of your chair and on your feet.
By spending more of the day on your feet (read: not seated), you’re automatically cutting out one of the biggest contributing factors to back pain.
How standing desks are changing back pain statistics
Simple: more and more businesses are recognising the impact desk work is having on their employees, and are taking active measures to fight back and protect their workers.
In some workplaces, that takes the form of mandatory stretch breaks – others that prefer something a little bit less disruptive are opting for standing desks.
Even top companies and large public sector institutions are making the switch over to standing desks – in fact, we’ve worked with several of them!
As the number of workplaces offering the option of electric standing desks increases, hopefully we’ll also see a drop in back pain statistics!
Why electric standing desks in particular?
Some work can’t be performed standing, while other tasks will require you to be seated.
Not to mention, according to some research, the best results are obtained if you alternate between sitting and standing.
That’s because spending too much time on your feet comes with its own unique problems – just ask any tradie or childcare educator!
Compared to traditional standing desks, electric standing desks can be easily shifted between sitting height and standing height with the push of a button, making it easy to get the most out of your new office arrangement.
We’re the leading provider of standing desks in Melbourne
Don’t be a statistic – look after your back with one of our electric standing desks.
At Ergomotion, we’ve got your back! Our specialty is looking after your health and wellbeing.
We believe that the office as it stands simply isn’t good enough from a health perspective – that’s why we’re leading the charge in ergonomic office furniture.
Since 2005, we’ve been the leading provider of standing desks in Melbourne. With 15 years of experience, we’re also one of Melbourne’s first.
We’re also one of the most trustworthy – each of our electric standing desks is engineered to the highest standard, combining whisper-quiet operation with unbeatable build quality.
In some cases, we’ve even been called in to replace faulty standing desks bought from overseas.
Most of our desks are made right here in Melbourne and customised to meet your requirements, thanks to our range of standing desk platforms.
In addition to dimensions, you’ll also be able to choose from extras such as:
Stand up for your health!
Call our team to discover how Ergomotion can transform your office into a more dynamic, productive, and healthier workplace.