Microbreaks are the way of the future. Ergonomists all agree that humans require a vacillation from sitting to standing to relieve pressure placed on our backs. The best way to achieve this balance is with an adjustable desk. It’s been found that alternating from sitting to standing actually reduces the need for long work breaks as well. These adjustable desks and workstations are just what the ergonomist ordered. They are electrically powered and can adjust to any height you wish. You can alternate from sitting to standing with the simple push of a button. At Ergonomic Office Designs we can provide you with the right adjustable desk for your needs. We have a myriad of styles, designs and heights that are sure to satisfy almost anyone. Your body will thank you for this ergonomic treat!
Why is Ergonomics Important to Business and Health?
Some of the most common workplace injuries are work-related musculoskeletal injuries (WMSDs). They can come in the form of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) and repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). These types of injuries are found in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft body tissues. They can develop over time, or suddenly appear. Typically, they can make the affected area numb, tingling, or burning. Having these injuries makes it difficult to work during the day and to get a restful night’s sleep. Sometimes the damage is severe enough to require surgery.
Ergonomic studies seek to match the natural movements of the human body with workplace equipment and activities in order to reduce the occurrence of these injuries. Sitting or standing in an awkward and unnatural manner over long periods of time can cause fatigue and strain. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) states that back injuries are the highest reported occupational injuries in the United States. Correct posture goes a long way in keeping the spine and back muscles in good shape.
The increasing cost of healthcare is a concern for every employer and worker. The investment made in outfitting an office with ergonomic equipment will pay off not only in reduced doctor’s visits, but also in the reduction of the time employees take off from work in order to recover from work-related musculoskeletal injuries. Small injuries often have a snowball effect by becoming more serious and costly over time. Prevention is the key, but where to start?
Desks are the most important part of a computer workstation. They support the majority of the equipment and the input devices—such as keyboards and mice—that employees use while working. Because of this, desk height is a key attribute to consider when assessing the need for ergonomic workspaces. A good desk lets a person sit naturally and have the ability to reach for commonly used objects without straining. People also need to have variance in their body position and movements throughout the day. This will reduce strain on any one part. How can adjustable desks help?
Reduces awkward positions that cause WMSDs: The ability to adjust platform surface height allows users to sit in a position with the best posture. Less pressure is exerted on the back, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists and fingers. Carpal tunnel and back injury risk is reduced as a result.
Reduced risk of deep vein thrombosis: Today’s workforce is more sedentary than ever. Many employees spend anywhere from eight to twelve hours a day sitting at desks or computer workstations. By the time that they arrive home, many continue sitting; either on the couch or at their own computers. Our bodies were not made for this inactivity. Extended sitting for long periods of time can lead to blood clots. These can dislodge and cause heart attacks and strokes. By standing often, blood circulation is improved, reducing the risk of clots.
Burn more calories: Another result of a sedentary lifestyle is the fact that workplace obesity is on the rise, and this can cause a slew of other health care issues. The World Health Organization states that lack of physical activity is the world’s number one preventable cause of death. Studies have shown that people on average burn forty percent more calories when they stand compared to a sitting position. Although the small amount of calories burned while standing may seem trivial, small numbers of calories add up to pounds of weight over time.
Improved productivity: Studies have shown that people that can alter their working positions throughout the day are more productive. Property posture and natural motion leads to increased mental clarity, and it also makes it easier to breathe. Sitting for long periods of time causes a person to become sore and even to suffer pain, which causes him or her to lose focus. The ability to stand alleviates the causes of these irritants. People that have access to adjustable desks report feeling less tired at the end of the day. A study by Cornell University reported that many of the test subjects reported decreased pain in their joints and muscles with four to six weeks of switching to an adjustable desk.
Possible Longer Life Span: Humans have spent most of our history walking, running and standing. The last half of the twentieth century altered that pattern. An American Cancer Society report showed a significant increase in mortality rates for people that sat for more than six hours a day. Experts advise that workers should stand for fifteen minutes of every hour, or at least for two hours of every workday. Adjustable desks allow workers to stand or sit as needed.
1. What is an adjustable desk?
A desk that allows the user to easily move the work surface to the most comfortable height. They are most commonly found in offices and are popular as a base for computer workstations. They typically are constructed with a laminated or solid wood top. The user can customize these desks with features such as ergonomic keyboard trays, monitor stands and cable management accessories.
2. How does the desk move up and down?
Most ergonomically designed adjustable desks use a crank style pneumatic system to make height adjustments. There are also models that employ a mechanical system that uses motors to moves the legs up or down. An easy-to-use electric button adjusts the desk to the desired height within seconds. Some are programmable and allow for the storage of preset heights for different users or applications.
3. Are adjustable desks hard to put together?
Most desks come with step-by-step instructions and only require moderate assembly using a screwdriver. Typical time to assemble is about 30-45 minutes.
4. What are the benefits of an adjustable desk?
The user benefits from the ergonomic advantages of these desks. He or she has the flexibility of either sitting or standing while working. The risk of damage from repetitive motion or prolonged sitting stress is reduced. Adjustable desks make it easy for multiple users to gain the advantages of ergonomically designed office equipment.