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The Benefits of Sit-Stand Workstations: A Guide to Healthy Work Habits

Looking like this while working? Let's correct that! At Motions Venture Physiotherapy Inc., we're dedicated to promoting overall health and wellbeing, which extends beyond physical therapy into everyday activities like how you work. One way to enhance your workday health is through the use of sit-stand workstations. These innovative setups allow for a dynamic work environment, reducing the risks associated with prolonged sitting or standing. Here's what you need to know about sit-stand workstations and how they can benefit you.

What is a Sit-Stand Workstation?

A sit-stand workstation is a desk that can be adjusted in height, allowing you to easily switch between sitting and standing throughout your workday. This flexibility helps integrate more movement into your day and accommodates different body sizes and work preferences.

Source: Canadian Center for Occupational Health & Safety

Who Can Benefit?

Anyone who spends a significant part of their day at a desk can benefit from a sit-stand workstation. Particularly, those who:

- Experience lower back pain or discomfort from long periods of sitting.
- Share their workstation with others who might have different height and comfort needs.
- Want to increase their daily physical activity subtly and effectively.

Sitting vs. Standing: Finding the Balance

While both sitting and standing have their pros and cons, the key to ergonomic health is balance:

- Extended Sitting: Can lead to chronic health issues like cardiovascular diseases and type II diabetes.
- Extended Standing: May cause discomfort or health issues such as lower extremity edema and varicose veins.

The best approach is to alternate between sitting and standing, using strategies like the 20/20/20 rule—every 20 minutes, stand for 20 seconds and look at something 20 feet away.

Alternatives and Ergonomic Tips

If a sit-stand workstation isn’t feasible, consider these alternatives to enhance your ergonomic setup:

1. Articulating Keyboard Platforms: Help maintain proper wrist alignment.
2. Adjustable Monitor Arms: Ensure the monitor is at eye level to avoid neck strain.
3. Ergonomic Chairs: Support the natural curve of your spine.

How Physical Therapy Helps

Incorporating ergonomic solutions like sit-stand desks can significantly benefit those undergoing physical therapy or anyone looking to prevent posture-related health issues. At Move Physio, our therapists can help tailor ergonomic recommendations based on your specific needs.

Download Our Free Guide!

To get started on improving your workplace ergonomics, download our Free Ergonomic Guide for Work Stations. This guide provides visuals and steps for setting up your workspace to support your posture and health.

Sitting Workstation Setup
Download PDF • 141KB

Standing Workstation Setup
Download PDF • 368KB

At Motions Venture Physiotherapy Inc., we believe in a holistic approach to health, focusing on prevention as much as treatment. Enhance your work and health by incorporating better ergonomic practices today. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit our website or contact us directly.


If your unit or department requires you to have an ergonomic evaluation, please contact us. Take note that the evaluation will not result in a formal recommendation from Move Physio for a sit-stand workstation; often the result is a set of recommendations for improving the ergonomics of a workstation.


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