Moving to a standing desk: do you have a transition plan?

Ryan Todd Lloyd, DCSan Francisco Public Health

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We have a lot of patients in tech and finance who are starting that transition from sitting at their workstation, to standing. That certainly sounds great if you’ve been sitting all day and your shoulders and neck ache after a long day.

But standing at your workstation can provide its own set of problems. Standing at your desk can be just as taxing to your spine as sitting if you aren’t careful.

Quitting Sitting is a nice resource that outlines some of the basic guidelines to make the transition, and to properly set up your workstation.

Here are a sample of ideas:
1. When you set up a standing desk, your monitor should rise more than your keyboard. Your arms should be relaxed at your side more than when you are sitting.
2. Invest in an anti-fatigue mat to take the stress off of your feet.
3. Grab a soccer ball to roll under your feet as you work. This keeps your body moving to avoid fatigue.

There are many more helpful tips. Check it out.

Todd Lloyd, DC
San Francisco chiropractor

Ryan Todd Lloyd, DC

I'm a chiropractor who specializes in correcting and relieving back and neck disorders. I have found that when you increase the mobility of your spine and joints with chiropractic care and follow up with this with improving muscle coordination with targeted exercises,then improving your function will also improve your pain.