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  • Apr 1, 2015
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Computer desks, back pain and your health

This is one of the best investments in my career (and back!). This is my new VariDesk Pro 48. You may have heard about standing desks, perhaps blown it off as a fad, as I did at first. I have several issues causing back pain including 5 herniated discs, scoliosis, and just joint wear and tear from repetitive stress. After finally seeking and receiving treatment from a Dr. who WOULD listen to my complaints of decades of chronic back pain – one of his suggestions for lifestyle change was a standing desk. I’m in pretty good shape; been on a consistent gym schedule (1hr/day 5 days/week) – haven’t lost a pound. Yes I feel healthier and stronger, jeans fit better, but who doesn’t want to lose some weight. The Dr. told me going to the gym for an hour in the a.m. and then sitting at a computer desk all day is about as good as smoking a cigarette! Seriously. Not to mention, if you have back problems, any exercise besides walking or swimming is putting too much stress on the back. Or so he says. But I’ll try anything – I’ve seen internists, orthopedists, chiro (regularly for past 8 years) – and no lasting solution until now.

So researching it more – it is true. Sitting Disease. Not only bad for your joints and muscles – but your heart, metabolism, diabetes, etc etc. The human body was not designed to sit all day. I rigged up a standing desk to see how it felt. At first it was tough standing all day. Besides the fact that I received cortisone injections in my back a week later – it is life changing. The injections reduced the inflammation, but the lifestyle change (exercise and work habits) has allowed me to maintain that comfort level and energy. For now I’ve been doing just treadmill walking and stretching at the gym, and modifying my standing/sitting schedule during the day. Since Standing – I’ve lost 3 lbs. My back will never be perfect, but anyone that suffers from chronic back pain will appreciate any kind of sustained relief from the pain. It’s worth a try and beats medication.

Author: Adam D. Smith

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