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  • Carol Michaels

Standing Desks Tips


Standing may be better for some than sitting, but it is movement which is what we need to decrease the risk of health issues. If you do not have a standing desk, make sure that your desk, chair, and computer are at the right level for your height and limb length. Set a timer which will remind you to stretch and move around and rest the eyes to prevent eye strain and dry eye. Sitting for 8 hours does increase the risk of neck and back pain and eye strain.

If you do not have a standing desk, you can use a lap top and place it on a high counter or on top of a box to create a standing desk.

Using a standing desk properly:

When using a standing desk you must have proper footwear. One of my clients switched to standing desk. It increased her back pain. I then discovered that she was wearing 4 inch heels while standing at her desk.

Standing for long periods of time can increase the risk of varicose veins. One must also stand in good form-make sure not to shift your weight to the side of the body or leaning on one side which can cause back, hip, and knee pain.

One should not think that the use of a standing desk means that one does not need to move. Standing is not moving and does not burn many calories. We have a huge increase in amount of standing desks being used, yet there is a crowd of patients in the orthopedist’s waiting room and a steady increase in the obesity rate.

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