What is A.R.M.S – and how does it keep you healthy and safe?

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What is A.R.M.S – and how does it keep you healthy and safe?

Nope – we aren’t talking about your arms (though they do come into it!)

Rather, we’re talking about A.R.M.S, the 4 key principles that make up the core of office ergonomics.

Not that many people know about it, but it’s the key to building a more ergonomic workstation, looking after your body while you’re at work, and helping you avoid the issues that come with a bad setup.

But what exactly does it stand for?

More importantly, how can you implement it at your workplace?

And finally, can using an electric standing desk help you?

Introducing A.R.M.S: what is it, and what does it stand for?

1) Alignment

Step 1 in A.R.M.S: making sure your body’s properly aligned.

That means ensuring that your bones, spine, ligaments, and joints are correctly aligned. In short, it’s all about maintaining correct posture, especially when we’re working for 8-10 hours a day! 

When you prioritise good posture in the workplace, it decreases muscle strain as well as back and hip pain. Proper posture when sitting and standing contributes to using body muscles effectively with less energy. 

One way of improving your alignment is to choose specially designed office furniture like an ergonomic office chair, which supports your back and forces you to adopt a better position.

Another more effective way is with a standing desk.

One of the biggest threats to proper alignment is your chair. It’s so easy to slouch back and take it easy – unfortunately, this is awful for your alignment and posture.

Standing eliminates the urge to slouch by getting rid of your ability to lean back completely.

2) Relaxation

Step 2: making sure that you’re relaxed while at work.

Specifically, it’s about making sure that your muscles are relaxed, at-ease and that you don’t find yourself subconsciously tensing up in order to complete your work.

Needless to say, you’re going to fatigue your muscles – what you might not know is that a bad workspace can also have the same effect!

When it comes to office ergonomics, there should be minimal tension in your muscles, especially in your back, neck, hands, and shoulders.

To do that, you’ll need to design your workspace to eliminate the need to actively tense your muscles.

Here are some pointers:

  • Align your computer monitor with your eyes so you don’t need to crane your neck
  • Choose a desk that allows you to comfortably rest your hands
  • Your elbows should be at a 90-degree angle

Luckily, an electric standing desk allows you to do all of this and more!

By adjusting the height of your desk, you can raise or lower your workspace until each of these issues is eliminated.

Quick test: if you’re reading this right now while seated at your desk, take note of your shoulders. Are they tense and bunched up? Try relaxing them. Feel the difference? 

3) Motion

Office ergonomics aren’t just about your posture or tensing your muscles – it’s also important that you keep moving!

In order to stay healthy while at work (the whole point of ergonomics), you need to be active and move around regularly even while you are sitting or standing.

You don’t need to set up a mini elliptical machine under your desk or take breaks every 5 minutes to climb a flight of stairs – even something as simple as an electric standing desk can be a huge help.

While it may not sound like much, standing desks give you more opportunities to fidget, squirm, stretch and move around – all of which are examples of the types of activity you need to fit more of into your routine.

Ideally, you’ll alternate between sitting and standing, making sure to switch between positions every 30 minutes (if you need help sticking to it, use an alarm to remind you when it’s time to switch it up.)

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4) Standing

The human body isn’t designed to stay seated for hours on end – rather, it’s designed to move about. 

Standing can feel more natural, and unlike sitting, it doesn’t compress or place strain on your muscles, reducing your risk of muscle pain.

That’s why a standing desk can be one of the best things you can do if you want to build a more ergonomic desk or work area!

And if you plan on standing, you’re going to need a height adjustable desk.

Why height-adjustable specifically? Why not a regular, manual standing desk?

Simple: like we mentioned before, the best way to get the most out of a standing desk is to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day.

And that means adjusting your desk accordingly.

The problem with manual desks is just that: manual. And as a result, you’re never going to get it exactly the same height every time (or it’s going to take minutes of adjusting until you can).

By contrast, electric standing desks are able to save multiple height settings and be adjusted with the press of a button.

Stand up for your health with an electric standing desk!

Here at Ergomotion, we offer a wide range of standing desk options – one of which is our Edesk.

Designed to meet the needs of the thousands of Australians who are now working from home, our Edesk standing desk:

  • Can be customised with cable trays and computer holders
  • Can carry a 100kg load and feature 65cm of adjustment
  • Feature anti-collision sensors to eliminate pinching and other accidents
  • Has multiple memory settings, allowing you to find the most comfortable height and save it

Explore our range of custom Motiondesks® and view the Edesk in more detail here.

Got questions? Not sure which standing desk is best suited to your work (or work from home!) environment?

Contact our ergonomic experts on (03) 9589 1454 or fill in the form to learn more about how we can elevate your office ergonomics.


Google Reviews

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Google Reviews

Joshua Brown 01/07/22

Google
Guy was just a pleasure to deal with. Excellent knowledge and advice which followed through to excellent after sales. The e-desk is very sturdy, easy to use and looks great. Great job Guy and thank you

Simona Scarparo 19/06/22

Google
I love my Ergomotion stand up desk! It is easy to set up and is made of quality materials. However, the best part of the purchase was the excellent customer service I received. Guy (the owner) came out in the pouring rain to measure the boot of my car to make sure I could pick the desk up (fully assembled) and it would fit. I ordered the desk on a Monday and it was ready by Tuesday morning. He helped loading the desk in my car, removed a leg so that it could fit and explained how to put the leg back in, which was very straightforward and did not need any tools. If you are considering buying a stand up desk, I would definitely recommend Ergomotion.

Sue Fraser 14/06/22

Google
Guy was lovely to deal with. He was prompt and courteous in all his communication. He was happy for us to look at the desk before purchase. Once ordered, the desk arrived so quickly. Guy set it all up and we are extremely happy with the product. Thanks Guy for your great service and care.

Alex He 10/06/22

Google
Decided to board the hype train and get a sit-stand desk. I have chosen Ergomotion mainly because
a. They use high-quality Linak motor instead of copycats like Jiecang
b. They are a local company based in Melbourne
Pre-sale communications with them were great. They replied my inquiries in a timely matter with informative details. Delivery was hassle-free. The removalists are extremely friendly and helped me take the desk to my apartment unit, even to the room I want to put it.
The desk looks awesome and the motor is very smooth. I'm very happy with my purchase. Definitely recommend them to anyone who looks for a sit-stand desk.

Michael Carey 04/06/22

Google
I went to Ergomotion for a standing desk and am very happy with my purchase. Guy is fantastic and goes above and beyond, he helped me find the most cost effective solution for my needs. Guy even pointed out that I could reuse my existing desk top which saved me a bit of money.

Claire Manning 30/05/22

Google
This desk has changed my (work) life. Completely customised to the space and a fabulous orange laminate to add some brightness and energy in my home office. And plenty of room for my dog to curl up in bed underneath. Solid construction and super easy to put together (with an extra pair of hands) and all made in Australia. So happy with it!

Nick Richards 20/05/22

Google
A friend referred me to Ergomotion after I had done a lot of research on standing desks online. Guy happened to be local to me and he was very professional to deal with, I had a look at his demo desks and bought one on the spot. The product has been great, very sturdy, well made and at a good price - I would thoroughly recommend Ergomotion.

Nancy Tseng 22/04/22

Google
I would highly recommend this electric desk to all ages, the the best decision I’ve made for my sons study table. The service was excellent, prompt in responses and on time schedule with the delivery time. The removalists were very careful bringing into our study room on the second level.
Very happy with the purchase!!

Farhin C 12/04/22

Google
Amazing e-desk - sturdy, spacious and great quality wood. It fits well into the home office. Assembling it was mostly straightforward with the video! Thanks Guy

Nick G 11/04/22

Google
I'm only just reading all the Google Reviews now, just before writing this, after having purchased and built a desk; and this is basically going to be saying the same thing as all the others, the owner, Guy, is absolutely great and so are the desks. There's a reason why all the reviews are genuine 5 stars. I had been doing research on numerous sit/stand desks and the manufactures of the frames/motors that go into them. I wanted a good quality and reliable setup so I decided to something that utilised Linak (manufacturer) hardware and so I set out trying to find a sit/stand desk that used them. As I was after something specific, I contacted a number businesses before placing an order so that I understood exactly what it was I was purchasing. Unfortunately most of those other businesses seemed more interested in B2B, and a couple didn't even bother responding. I had even gone so far as to contact a business in Canada, who eagerly could supply everything, but unfortunately not for running on 240v. I almost gave up and was just about to head to Ikea. Then I came across Ergomotion. I shot through an email with some questions about their Edesk, and I got a clear informative response within hours. The owner, Guy, kindly followed up, answered further questions, and was also able to order extra parts from Linak on request. To ensure I had all the information I needed before placing an order, he even went so far as to warn me of a slight upcoming price increase. Guy knows his products, knows it in great detail and has a wealth of helpful knowledge.
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