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A sit/stand desk is one that allows the user to alternate between sitting and standing by being able to lower or raise the work (desk) platform. Little research is currently available to determine the benefits of a sit/stand desk versus other interventions aimed at reducing the risks of sitting for long periods of time. In general, it is believed that by being able to alternate sitting and standing, users can vary their body position more often. Some disadvantages include the cost of the desk, and standing too long which may lead to foot, knee, hip, and back issues.
If you choose to use a sit/stand desk, remember that proper ergonomic set-up is very important. It is essential to make sure the desk meets the needs of the user when both standing and sitting.
Maintain a neutral body position when both the sitting and standing:
When the desk is in the standing position, be sure that:
Recommendations vary from sitting for 1 hour and standing for 5 minutes, to switching between sitting and standing for 20, 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Your health professional may also make recommendations. The key factor is to alternate your position as needed. Allow time for your body to adjust to your new routine. Early studies have indicated that some users tend to return to sitting for the majority of the time after the initial trial period of time. To achieve the benefits of being able to alternate body positions, be sure to continue to do so.
Remember, it is also important to still take breaks away from the computer to help alleviate eye strain and to vary the position of head, upper body, arms, and hands.