Standing desks for computers have become one of the central developments in the field of computer work that  have seen in recent years.

Some studies( shows  reduce lower back  complains using those desks (While ofcourse there is also some level of more calorie burning in standing position …)

Will standing reduce your back pain?

Standing desks are divided into two main types:

Elevated device- a device placed on an existing table and can be lifted by demand mechanically or manually .

Adjustable Desk-a special desk how has an electric motor to raise  the height of the entire desk surface.

Most adjustable desks have an electric system that raises and lowers them to a preset "memory". Some of the adjustable desks use one motor for lifting some of them use two.

Caution: In any case of using an elevated desk or an adjustable desk, it is important to ensure proper cable extension and appropriate connection to avoid short circuits!

Points to consider when deciding on a purchase:

  1. Appearance – Adjustable desks are usually bulkier because they are placed on an existing table.
  2. Ease of use – Manual lifting and lowering, even if well-balanced by a counterweight, can still create relative stress on the button.
  3. Price – The cost of a good adjustable desk can reach around 3500 NIS, while fixed height desks can be found for 880 NIS.
  4. Available space – While adjustable desks move up and down vertically, some height adjustment systems require additional space in the chair area.
  5. Hand control – An important element in typing work is the ability to have good hand control. It is difficult to find good hand control in a fixed height desk.
  6. Long-term usability – It is difficult to adopt new habits!

 Will you use a product that changes your "movement repertoire" at work over time?

All of these considerations are important, but the most important question is:

To what extent can standing prevent back/neck pain and other sitting-related problems?

Standing is beneficial only if you alternate between sitting and standing.

We all need to avoid prolonged sitting positions, so it's good to be able to stand for short periods.

However, even in a standing position, you will find that your body does not like it for extended periods.

From my experience as an ergonomic consultant in many companies, even when it comes to just pressing a button, for some employees, it is a significant mental barrier to the point that after a while, they simply do not  change!

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Switching to standing during  work can be a significant relief factor, especially for lower back pain, but it is not a magic cure, especially if the workload is in the upper part of the body.

Many considerations need to be taken into account.

 "Moving " into stand-up work  requires a big change for your  work-

 a change in working habits, and sometimes the purchase of supporting products such as an ergonomic surface.

It is recommended to consult with a qualified ergonomist expert both in the decision-making process for the purchase and in guidance on how to maximize the product's use.

Erez Alon, Ergonomics Consultant, "Ergonomy in Motion "

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