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Standing up at Work to Cure Back Pain

Standing up at Work to Cure Back Pain
Pat Dickson - Wed Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:08PM
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What I'm about to tell you about standing up at work to cure back pain is purely anecdotal. It also isn't medical advice, so please talk to your doctor before you try it. And as a side note, isn't it sad I can't just feel like I can freely share information with you without having to throw in a liability waiver or a warning? Lawyers... 

My back doesn't hurt anymore because I no longer sit at a desk when I work. I stand the whole time at my computer. It sits on a high desk so when I type my forearms are parallel to the floor. I hold my spine in its natural curve as I stand. I don't slouch. Every ten minutes or so I shift my weight around, walk a circle around my office, or walk in place for a few steps. Granted, I look down at my monitor when I've heard it is ergonomically preferable to have your eyes level with the top of your display. I've been standing at least 8 hours a day at my computer like this for about the last 60 days. No longer do I have bouts of sciatica at night or pinched nerves. Before the last 60 days, at least 1 day/night a week I had either back pain, sciatica, or both. All I've changed in my life is the position I take at my computer. I stand. I no longer sit. My back no longer hurts, and pain no longer shoots down either of my hamstrings.

If you have back pain and you think it may be related to sitting at a desk too much, talk to your doctor. If she thinks standing may be a good solution for you, ask her to put it in writing, as if she were writing a prescription. Most companies should be willing to make provisions for you once you present the note. A healthy employee is a productive and happy employee. Also, I'm unaware of any reason why sitting is better than standing in a company environment. In fact, a side benefit to standing for me is greater productivity. I get sleepy while slouching at a desk, but not while standing up!

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