I haven’t been motivated by the recent health scare stories that equate sitting at a desk as a health risk equal to smoking. I’ve worked in offices. I know the variations in people. I’m a wiggly ectomorph that can’t sit still for long. I have to get up and move. Yet, I’ve worked with people who can sit for hours. They show less movement than a painting. To me it is obvious that our health outcomes will probably be different.
Better Movement has a great post titled Is a Standing Desk a Good Idea? that rings more true to me. It also covers the problems from prolonged standing.
This year I’ve been doing a lot more computer work and I’ve been experiencing more and more pain. The pain is behind my right shoulder and goes down my arm and lasts several hours a day. I probably need a new mouse, but today I needed to try something to deal with the pain. So based off a recommendation from a friend, I started shopping for an adjustable height desk. Then I had a thought that if didn’t help with my pain, I’d be out $400.
The logical course of action was to go ghetto. I grabbed a box.
My standing desk does double duty as my fermentation station.
Day one was a tough adjustment. My pain decreased, but at first I found it harder to focus on doing work. My guess is this just takes practice. I’ll continue this experiment to see if my shoulder and arm feel better.
Just when I was about to publish this post, I saw that the blog Pain Database just released part one in a series on Standing Desks. One line that jumped out at me was:
Variation in posture is extremely important for pain prevention and treatment.
Today I did have far more variation in my posture. I look forward to reading the entire series and learning how standing desks might reduce pain. Maybe I am on the correct path and soon my right arm, shoulder and neck will be pain free?