Standing Desk

Many people in the Cranberry Township area are still working at home.  Chances are you did not have the foresight to fit out your home with the same office set-up as you had in your office before COVID struck. As we head into fall, it is becoming clear that some things – like working in an office like we used to do are just not going to happen soon.  This is the first in a series of posts on what you can do to improve your work experience from home.

One of the things that I often am asked is should I consider a standing desk? 

I am sure that you have heard that sitting is the new smoking.  Clearly, we sit too much if we are doing office work all day long. This was true when you were working in an office.  But you probably got up to go to meetings and the like.  Now those are from your desk as well.  Many of our patients that now work virtually are suffering from sitting too long and staring at virtual meetings.  Now might be the time to consider a standing desk for your back.

There are a number of factors that you need to consider in choosing to use a standing desk and how frequently you use it.

First, if you are looking solely for weight loss, Harvard did a study a few years ago and found that you will not burn a significantly greater number of calories by standing.  They recommended a 30-minute walk at lunchtime. 

Harvard Medical School

This is something you can certainly try to add to your daily routines if you are working at home now that it is dark in the morning before the start of the normal workday,

But there are other reasons to get up and move during your workday.  Many of my patients exercise regularly, and that’s great.  However, it does not overturn the harmful effects of prolonged sitting. Here are a few other health issues that can be impacted negatively by your increased sitting from being stuck in a virtual office:

  • Increased Neck Pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Low back pain
  • DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
  • Sciatica pain – (pain down either leg)
  • Cardiovascular conditions

How to transition

If you are looking to lower the stress from sitting all day on your lower back and other parts of your body, then there are some things that you should keep in mind before you act on the change.

Don’t move to stand full time immediately.  Start out slowly perhaps 10 minutes per hour for the first two weeks.  Then move to 15-20 minutes for the next two weeks.  And finally, move to about one-third of the time after a month. Back when you were in our office, you probably spent a lot of time meeting with others.  Now those meetings are on Zoom or some other conferencing medium. So this is a way to get out of the chair, but make sure your screen background is still good when standing.

What do I need to use a standing desk 33% of the time?

The first thing you will need is a sit to a standing desk.  There are a number of items that you can use on your desktop that will facilitate that.  It is best to get one so that you can adjust so that you can use it in a variety of positions.  You can find these on-line easily at Amazon or Walmart, but as a local business owner, I hope you can find a local business that sells items like this.  

In addition to the adjustable desk, you should also consider the shoes that you are wearing – it is time to retire the flip flops from the summer anyway.  If you like at Zock, we can fit you for orthotics.  Pay attention to the surface of your floor. If your desk chair is on a hard surface plastic matt, you will need an option that has more cushioning for your feet. Also, pay attention to your posture. As you can see in the above illustration, you might want to consider an interim step as well for better core strength development like an adjustable backless chair – there are some made using Bosu balls.  Your shoulders should be back and down and your chin positioned so that your head is centered over your shoulders.

How can Chiropractic help?

If you find that you are suffering from headaches, shoulder aches, numbness in your hands or feet, pain radiating down your left leg our right leg, and – or lower back pain, we can help you get relief from those conditions.  Contact us today for an appointment. 

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Going Green – COVID update.

We all remember Kermit singing that it’s not easy being green, but we are excited that Allegheny and Butler Counties are now in green status. For Zock Family Chiropractic, that means that we will be offering massage therapy starting on Monday.  We are all experiencing more stress than is then normal due to isolation and the lack of human contact.  Both massage therapy and the soft tissue work that Dr. Zock performs prior to adjustment are useful techniques from reducing muscle stress and tension, increasing your sense of well being, and eliminating toxins from your body.

State orders and CDC Guidelines

We are following all applicable guidelines as set by the CDC to protect our patients and employees. We have altered our reception room to expand into the larger open space. Patients may choose to remain in their vehicles until it is time for treatment.  If you are driven to your appointment, we prefer that your driver remains in the car for their own safety as well as our patients. However, there is room inside for your companion to wait.  And we have deed rocking chairs outside for both our patients and their caregivers to wait in comfort. We ask that they follow the face covering and sanitation practices mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,

We require that patients follow the state’s order to cover their faces while in the office. All employees will be wearing masks and will continue to sanitize completely between patient treatments. We will also screen employees as per CDC healthcare guidelines.

Contact Us

We want to thank all of our valued patients for your support and love. Know that we are making this decision as a means to help the collective and do our part in getting through this together. Please contact us and allow us to help you get through these tough times.

COVID update

We are open to help you and your family. At Zock Family Chiropractic, our first priority has always been and will continue to be the health and safety of our patients. With the recent move to yellow status in our area, and with more patients needing treatment we have been able to expand our hours of operation.

Services Provided

We will continue to treat acute pain, exacerbations of chronic conditions, and emergency patients. With the move to Yellow staus for the Butler County and Allegheny County areas serviced by our practice, we are now permitted to treat maintenance and wellness patients as well.  The office will be open on our normal schedule after the memorial day holiday on Monday, May 25th.

State orders and CDC Guidelines

We are following all applicable guidelines as set by the CDC to protect our patients and employees. We have altered our reception room to expand into the larger open space. Patients may choose to remain in their vehicles until it is time for treatment.  If you are driven to your appointment, we prefer that your driver remains in the car for their own safety as well as our patients. However, there is room inside for your companion to wait.  We ask that they follow the face covering and sanitation practices mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,

We require that patients follow the state’s order to cover their faces while in the office. All employees will be wearing masks and will continue to sanitize completely between patient treatments. We will also screen employees as per CDC healthcare guidelines.

As Dr. Zock is considered an essential healthcare provider, we are unfortunately unable to provide massage services until further notice.

Contact Us

We want to thank all of our valued patients for your support and love. Know that we are making this decision as a means to help the collective and do our part in getting through this together. Please contact us and allow us to help you get through these tough times.

COVID update

We are open to help you and your family. At Zock Family Chiropractic, our first priority has always been and will continue to be the health and safety of our patients. We will continue to treat acute pain, exacerbations of chronic conditions, and emergency patients.

State orders and CDC Guidelines

We are following all applicable guidelines as set by the CDC to protect our patients and employees. We have altered our reception room to expand into the larger open space. Patients may choose to remain in their vehicles until it is time for treatment.

We require that patients follow the state’s order to cover their faces while in the office. All employees will be wearing masks and will continue to sanitize completely between patient treatments. We will also screen employees as per CDC healthcare guidelines.

As Dr. Zock is considered an essential healthcare provider, we are unfortunately unable to provide massage services until further notice.

Contact Us

We want to thank all of our valued patients for your support and love. Know that we are making this decision as a means to help the collective and do our part in getting through this together. Please contact us and allow us to help you get through these tough times.

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