You may have heard of a stand-up desk before, but they’re still not entirely mainstream — yet.
As silly as they may look, they’re quickly gaining a foothold as a healthy alternative to the traditional sitting desk that we’ve all grown accustomed to, starting from grade school and continuing into our professional careers.
Rethinking the Office
What about the standing desk is so healthy for us, you may be wondering? At its core, the standing desk drastically eliminates the amount of time we spend sitting down, and in case you weren’t aware, sitting is quickly becoming one of the major contributing factors for a wide variety of health issues. Simply put, we spend way too much time sitting down on our butts, and not enough time being active and moving around, stretching out our muscles and tendons.
Sitting, which some healthcare experts have started referring to as sitting disease, can actually have the power to shorten a person’s lifespan by as much as seven years, according to some scientific studies. This is because sitting does nothing to burn calories or improve blood circulation; it merely works to degrade your posture, raise blood pressure, and weaken your muscles. All of these effects make it more difficult to exercise when you want to, which encourages you to sit more, and so the negative unhealthy cycle continues. A standing desk can really help eliminate a lot of these problems.
First of all, spending time at a standing desk will encourage you to be more likely to move around. It’s easier to stretch out your limbs, preventing stiffness in the tendons. What’s more is that your energy level will no doubt be higher, since sitting is known to quickly drain a person’s energy. You’ll find it easier to “get up” and accomplish tasks on the go if you already are up to begin with.
These are just some of the reasons why chiropractors are advocates for stand-up desks. Many chiropractic patients come into The Joint Chiropractic clinics complaining of back aches and pains.
Although a successful spinal adjustment can bring pain relief, making lifestyle changes such as using a stand-up desk can work in conjunction with chiropractic care to improve your overall health.
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