7 Signs You Should Invest In An Ergonomic Height Adjustable Desk

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7 Signs You Should Invest In An Ergonomic Height Adjustable Desk

As ergonomic desks rise in popularity it’s becoming more and more common to see workplaces embracing a movement that was previously seen as “unconventional”. In the early days of standing desks, you’d stand out like a sore (and tall) thumb in the office, your head bobbing high above cubicles, with curious workmates questioning your purpose.

 

Benefits of height adjustable desks

Today though, a quick search of “benefits of height adjustable desks”, “benefits of ergonomic desks” or “who’s using standing desks?” returns countless articles, studies and research detailing exactly what happens – or rather doesn’t happen – when we’re spending hours on end plonked in a chair.

If you’ve come across any of the eight points below, it’s time to seriously stand up and consider how an ergonomic desk could impact your health for the better.

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1. Lower back pain

Do you consider your sitting position relaxed? Try collapsed, instead.

Eight out of ten people experience lower back pain, and one if its common causes is poor posture. The reason for poor posture? Slumping, slouching and hunching over a computer screen. Many office chairs do not support the natural curve of the spine (the part of your lower back that curves inwards), whereas standing forces the body to support the spine and can help to improve posture. Sedentary sitting can also cause and spine misalignment and muscle shortening – yep, that’s about as unpleasant as it sounds!

2. That three o’clock slump

We’ve all been there: lunch is over and we’re two hours away from clock-off. Here comes the dreaded three o’clock slump! A sugar hit like junk food or a soft drink will bring you back up momentarily, before feeling the slump all over again at 4 o’clock.

Standing can keep your energy levels constant and can make you feel more alert and increased focus means improved productivity!

3. Neck and shoulder pain

Strains of the muscles, ligaments and tendons, or tissue damage, all contribute the neck and shoulder pain. Intensely focusing on a computer screen at work can place unfavourable torque on the neck muscles. An ill fit between chair height and desk height can also cause you to unconsciously raise your shoulders (e.g. when you’re typing on a keyboard). This causes unnecessary strain to the neck muscles, as well as the muscles at the base of the skull.

4. Tight hip flexors and pelvis muscles

Slipping down in your office chair can cause unwanted tilting of the pelvis. This puts strain on the muscles and can severely damage your hip flexors. Sitting causes your 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.

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5. You don’t exercise

Weak back muscles often struggle to support the spine. If you’re not strengthening your back muscles and your abdominals, you’re more susceptible to injuries. If you’re sitting all day at work, does that mean you’re sitting all night at home, too?

Eight hours of office work, seven hours of sleeping, three hours of leisure time (read: laptop and TV time), and one hour of commute reduces active time to a paltry five hours a day.

6. You’ve read the facts

You obviously know your stuff! It can be frightening when you’re confronted with statements like “sitting is killing you!”, but the truth of the matter is, scientific research has found a correlation between many health issues and prolonged sitting. Breaking up sitting time during your workdays can contribute to a lower risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

7. You’re an “active couch potato”

Some research suggests that the damage done while sitting cannot be offset by those who exercise even daily. This type of person is referred to as an “active couch potato”: even if they are exercising, they’re still spending the working hours of their day slogging it out in a desk chair.

Considering an ergonomic desk?

We hope the above points have roused your mind and have got you seriously thinking about how a standing desk can change the way you operate – every day! View our range of ergonomic desks or get in touch with an expert from Ergomotion today!

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Guy Director
Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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Andrew Pieterse 14/06/24

Google
Great service and really quick shipping. It is great to know that you are getting quality parts from a Scandinavian manufacturer with your standing desk purchase rather than the cheap knock off stuff you get from other major brands. Reasonably priced for the quality too!

Janette Clarke 20/05/24

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Guy was very accommodating with meeting him at a time that suited me. He assembled the desk prior to me collecting so I only had to carry it inside with help (it's pretty heavy). The desk is great, the storage racks underneath with the 6 x built in powerpoints was worth the extra money. I have a functioning & tidy workplace.
Guy was brilliant, I highly recommend.
Janette

Nickel 10/05/24

Google
Have now purchased 2 stand up office desks off Guy, benchmark sales service from him, all via email, so easy; from quote to plug in, only matched by the strong quality of these machines, solid and stable. If only everything in life was this easy and reliable.

Jennifer Fadriquela 23/03/24

Google
I purchased an EDesk this month from Ergomotion, and it was a remarkably smooth transaction. Guy was eager to answer all my questions before my purchase. As a first-time buyer of a standing desk, I truly appreciated how he addressed my queries with thorough details and provided options within my budget.

The delivery process was also smooth, despite a slight delay in the ETA. Guy ensured I received all necessary updates from the courier/removalist.

I've been using the desk for a couple of weeks now and I'm satisfied with it. It's sturdy on all height adjustments and the motor works as expected. I also like oak finish because it's clean-looking and suits my room setup.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and I'll definitely recommend Ergomotion to someone looking for their desk needs.

Josh Oliver 04/02/24

Google
I've had an ergomotion desk for 10 years. It's still as good today as it was brand new. Over the years Guy has always responded promptly to any guidance I've needed (mostly help putting the desk back together after removalists take it apart).

Michael Cheung 18/01/24

Google
Great service from Guy and the team at Ergomotion! Helped with all my queries and was able to source a standing desk part for me when many others weren't able! Highly recommend!

Shao Lei 30/11/23

Google
Decent desk and awesome service. Highly recommend

Rod Hathway 10/11/23

Google
Awesome experience. Great value, super customer experience, ordered, assembled and picked up in 24 hours!

Dom K 06/11/23

Google
Skip the big name brands and buy from Guy instead, 10/10 linak parts with a very well built tabletop.

Chris Wu 06/11/23

Google
I purchased the edesk from Guy at Ergomotion. Guy was a pleasure to deal with and the desk arrived the next day. Guy was highly knowledgeable on the desk and provided very prompt support on the installation. I can highly recommend Ergomotion.
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