That standing desk you've been using may not be so great after all

New research says ergonomic desks might cause back pain

February 27, 2018
Standing desk

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Sometime in the last few years, every office worker who used a desk decided they needed to stand.

HR departments all over the place were asked by employees to switch out their old school sit-down desk with a modern adjustable standing desk. Maybe it was the cool little motor that powered it up and down. Desk companies made all kinds of claims about healthier backs, better circulation, better posture, increased testosterone -- okay, maybe not that last one.

But now -- you knew this was coming! -- a study says standing desks might not be all that great for you. A Washington Post story says this Australian research reveals that:

 ". . .  standing at a desk for a prolonged period of time will create 'discomfort and deteriorating mental reactiveness.' It adds to other, more extensive research that has shown the negative effects of standing too long causes back discomfort and the swelling of veins. Last fall, Newsweek reported on a 12-year study of more than 7,000 office workers . . .  that found people who often stood at work were nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as opposed to those that sat more often.".

I have to say that around here, when I see someone using a standing desk, they're often leaning on it, propping themselves up with their elbows like they're standing at the bar at Fado Irish Pub. So that can't be too great for your spine. 

I'm pretty sure the best thing for your comfort in the office is just listening to Relaxing Favorites At Work on the New 94.1 The Sound!

If I had a desk here at the office, which I don't, because I'm a DJ and my desk is the console in the studio, I'd ask HR for a lie-down desk. Do they make those?