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Standing desk

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by thedon23, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. thedon23

    thedon23 Elite Member

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    I posted a while back about how I've started to experience discomfort in my lower back, and it makes it very difficult to sit. When I stand, I feel great though, no discomfort.

    So I'm looking to buy a standing desk of some sort. I'm guessing there are a few people here who have a standing desk/table.

    Any recommendations? I'm in the US btw.
     
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    I use a standing desk, easy enough to put one together - I used a solid core wooden door with concrete blocks as legs. Works a treat, cost me about $70 all in.

    Make sure that the desk is around mid waist height.
     
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    That sounds like a good idea. I was looking more for something that is ready to go though. But hey, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks man :)
     
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    check lifehacker / gizmodo - a few months back they were doing features on stand up desks more than they were doing features on tech.....
     
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    Yeah, I looked into a ready made version too. There seems to be a premium attached to these desks, no idea why!
     
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    A friend uses one, let me text her. I'll let you know.
     
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    Hey buddy, have you tried something different to sit on rather than going for standing? What kind of back pain are you having? Keep in mind that when you're sitting, all the pressure on your body is going right to your lower vertebrae and can easily cause compression on your disks. You might want to try a special pillow that you sit on that helps alleviate that. Just a suggestion from someone who had L4-L5 herniation from squatting back in the day.

    Also, try some time away from the computer. Seriously, if you're like me, you're probably sitting here all day and night.

    For some ideas
    http://www.relaxtheback.com/back-lumbar-supports/seat-cushions.html

    Also, these chairs are weird but I tried one once and it was amazing.

    http://www.relaxtheback.com/office/ergonomic-chairs/the-classic-kneeling-chair.html
     
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    Thanks man!

    Thanks dude. Well, most of the pain is right where you said; lower lower back.

    I'll definitely looking into one of those special pillows to see if it helps at all.

    On the other hand, whenever I stand, I feel great. The discomfort is so bad that I can barely work. I don't get sh*t done nowadays.

    How do those chairs work? LOL I don't understand how someone sits on that. Is there a video demonstration or something hahaha
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3AJQqk3Bd0&feature=related

    I know they look funky and uncomfortable but these things work. I've never owned one or sat on one for an extended time but they're pretty popular.

    Other than something like this, the main thing you want to do is get your tailbone off your chair. If you can, get a pillow of some kind that's thick enough and put it on your chair. Sit yo ass down but position the pillow so that it's mostly under your thighs. So basically, your tailbone is kinda not touching your seat. Maybe another one behind you for support as well.
     
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    Sorry for changing the subject here. But Wow, How much were you squatting for that to happen? Also, Just weren't doing proper form or just to much weight? I ruptured 3 discs in my upper neck from doing shoulder shrugs I was doing total improper form looking down as I was shrugging up and POP! couldn't turn my head for weeks.
     
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    OP - I was starting to get pangs in my lower back a few months ago. It is was really bad. I went to a furniture store and sat in about a dozen chairs, trying to find one that will sort of cuddle or cushion the lower back. As soon as I got that, the pain was gone in about 2 weeks.

    It also helps if you do some back strengthening exercises and stretching. Also, try not to sit at the computer for too long. Use your watch alarm or a table top alarm to set a soft volume alarm that goes off for every 15 minutes or so. Every time the alarm goes up, just get up and stretch your body just a little bit, even if it is only for about 10 seconds or so.

    It will usually solve the problem.
     
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    If I where you I would think about getting a massage chair and some tiger-bom, or even surgery because I know when I work on the computer its for a good 5+ hours at a time so standing might not be the best option.
     
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    the kneeling chairs work great for certain back issues. You really cant tell until you try it. Find a local store and give it a go...it really looks uncomfortable but the person who designed it must of been a genius.
     
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    That looks really comfortable actually. I think I'll have to try one of those out. Yeah also, that seems to be the problem. It's pretty much my tailbone that irritated. I'm gonna give that a shot and let you guys know how it works out. Thanks man!

    Good suggestions bro, appreciate it. Mind sharing what chair it was you bought?

    Damn, I don't even wanna think about back surgery yet. I'm only 19. LOL :p Tiger-bom works great though, but just or temporary relief.

    Yeah, I'm going to give it a shot. Looks pretty damn comfortable.