A sit/stand desk allows the user to alternate between sitting and standing by lowering or raising the work (desk) platform. There is presently little evidence available to establish the advantages of a sit/stand desk vs other therapies targeted at minimising the dangers of prolonged sitting. In general, it is considered that being able to alternate between sitting and standing allows users to shift their body posture more frequently. The expense of the desk is one downside, as is standing for too long, which can lead to foot, knee, hip, and back problems. If you decide to utilise a sit-stand office desk, keep in mind that a good ergonomic setup is critical.It is critical to ensure that the workstation fits the demands of the user when standing and sitting.
How to set up?
- Maintain a neutral body posture while using a sit stand office desk.
- Straight, in-line, and approximately parallel to the floor are the hands, wrists, and forearms.
- The head is level or slightly forward bowed, forward-looking, and balanced. In general, the head is parallel to the torso.
- A spine that is erect or upright.
- Shoulders are relaxed, and upper arms are hanging properly at the side of the body.
- The elbows are kept close to the torso and bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
- There is no twisting of the upper torso.
- Between the horizontal and 35 degrees below the horizontal is the in-line sight (i.e.,the monitor is at eye level or slightly below eye level).
- Put on supportive shoes.
- Where suitable, consider using an anti-fatigue mat.
- When standing, use a footrest to assist you to transfer your weight as required, or alternate your weight from leg to leg on occasion.