Northern Virginia Pilates Instructor Stands up to Back Pain

by Ellen O'Hearn March 03, 2015

Last week, I had a chance to interview Chandra Soucek, a Pilates Instructor who works at Regency Sport & Health Tysons Corner location in Virginia.

 

Pilates Instructor gives advice to standing desk company

EO: What percentage of your clients has back pain?

CS: 80 percent. Generally the people who come for private sessions come in because of lower back, neck, hip, and sciatic pain. I get many referrals from doctors or chiropractors, because they need to strengthen their core to improve posture.

EO: What complaints do your clients have regarding back pain?

CS: They feel tired; they don’t have enough energy. They say they have no time to take care of their back pain. No time to leave the office to exercise. No time to visit the doctor. Work takes over their life. They are diagnosing themselves online, and looking for solutions online. They want a quick fix to improving core strength, to improve posture.  A good start is a seated exercise ball at work, or be at an ergonomically correct standing desk, not looking down.

EO: What is the source of their back pain?

CS:  Sitting too much (TV, computers, smart phones), not enough exercise, and general lack of taking care of oneself (poor nutrition, not enough exercise or sleep).

EO: What types of remedies, other than standing at work, would you recommend for back pain?

CS: Pilates, yoga, massage, good mattress, walking, and light weights.  How often?  If you want to feel good every day, then do something every day!  Everybody is different, so finding the remedy is different for everyone, but I will say doing 10 minutes of any of the above, everyday, is treating yourself to 70 minutes of healing week.  Amazing! You become more aware of your body.  I would like to add a good chiropractor or wellness doctor can help people with back pain, as well. There is no magic pill for all those things. You have to go. Most people don’t make time to do any of those things.

EO: What habits can we change related to our posture?

CS: Get up and stand up more often; that is the number one thing. Get up once an hour and think about your posture. Be posturally aware. And walk, breathe.  Less time sitting! Get a good bed; join a gym that offers Pilates, yoga, etc. Seek professional advice from nutritionist. 

Actually, more women and men are getting osteoporosis, due to lack of weight-bearing exercise and lack of vitamin D, and calcium. The problem is our teenagers are inside more, sitting, resulting in more cases later in life. Sitting loads the back. Being trapped in an office/ school, you are not getting sun, which is a source of vitamin D. In general kids and teens are not playing outside enough.

EO: What would you tell someone who says they can’t stand up at work because of knee pain?

If you have knee pain, it’s not fixed by more sitting. If you have knee pain, address what is causing it – if you are overweight, lose some weight; if you have arthritis, or an injury, or some other ailment causing pain, see your doctor.  Don't wait, but in the meantime take a Pilates class, or restorative Yoga class. (Try to find small classes or take a private class).

Chandra Soucek is an experienced Pilates instructor who is passionate about overall health and wellness.  She is also a Thai Massage therapist. You can reach her by contacting the Mind/Body Director, Morgan Hanzlik, at Regency Sport and Health, Tyson’s Corner. mhazlik@sportandhealth.com

 

- Ellen O'Hearn




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Stand Steady Product Comparison Chart
We pride ourselves on our wide array of standing desks and standing desk converters.
We're confident that we can offer a solution for your workspace; please refer to the chart below to find your perfect fit!

Full Sized Standing Desks

Product name

Tranzendesk Standing Desk - 55 inch

Tranzendesk Dual Level  - 47 inch

Joy Desk - 47 inch

Joy Desk - Large Glass - 43 inch

Joy Desk - Compact Glass - 31 inch

How it Works Crank Crank Electric Electric Static (No adjustments needed!)
Static (No adjustments needed!)
Static (No adjustments needed!)

 Color

Black desktop

Silver legs OR black legs

(Black desktop regardless of leg color)

Black

Black desktop

Black legs with chrome detailing

Black desktop

Black legs

Maple veneer desktop

Cream legs

Glass top with wood print design

White legs

Glass top with rainbow wood print design

Black legs

Desktop Size

55" x 23.5"
47" x 27"
55" x 27.75" 47.25" x 23.75" 47.25" x 23.75" 43.25" x 23.5" 31.25" x 18.5"

Footprint 

55" x 24"
36.5"x 27"
57" x 23"
35.75" x 23" 46" x 23" 43" x 23" 31" x 15.5"

 Levels

1
2
1 + drop-down keyboard tray 1 2 1 1

 Monitor Capacity

2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
2 monitors + laptop
1 monitor or laptop

 Weight Limit

85 lbs max load
85 lbs max load
80 lbs max load
75 lbs max load 60 lbs max load 60 lbs max load 60 lbs max load
 

Standing Desk Converters: Sit/Stand

One Level: X-Elite Series

Product name

X-Elite Pro Standing Desk Converter

X-Elite Pro XL 36" Standing Desk Converter

X-Elite Pro Glide

X-Elite Pro Corner

How it Works Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift

 Color

Choose from Black, Cherry, Maple, or White
Black
Black Black

Desktop Size

28" x 20"
36" x 24"
31" x 21" 39.25" x 18"

Footprint 

16.8" x 24.5"
24.25" x 16.5"
24" x 19" 23.5" x 16.25"

 Levels

1
1
1 1

 Monitor Capacity

1 monitor + laptop
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
1 monitor + laptop 2 monitors or 1 monitors + laptop

 Weight Limit

20 lbs max load
20 lbs max load
20 lbs max load
20 lbs max load
 

Two Level: FlexPro Series

 Product Name
How it Works
Air cylinder lift
Air cylinder lift
Pump lift with locking levers
Electric lift
Air cylinder lift
Electric lift
Tension-controlled gas spring lift
Color
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Desktop Size
2 sizes! Choose from 32" & 37"

32" x  16"
37" x 16"

3 7.5" x 17.5"
31.5" x 24.5"

 

3 sizes! Choose from 32", 36", & 40"

32" x 25.5"
36" x 25.5"
40" x 25.5"

2 sizes! Choose from 32" & 36"

32" x 25.5"
36" x 25.5"

37" x 15.75" 

32" x 25.5" 

Footprint
30" x 16"
(both models)
30" x 16"
27.5" x 24.5"
32" x 23.5"
36" x 23.5"
40" x 23.5"
32" x 23.5"
36" x 23.5"
30" x 16"
23.5" x 19.5"
Levels
2
2 2 2 2
2
2
Monitor Capacity
32": 1 monitor + laptop
37": 2 monitors
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
1 monitor + laptop
32": 1 monitor + laptop
36": 2 monitors
40": 2 monitors + laptop
32": 1 monitor + laptop
36": 2 monitors
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
2 monitors or 1 monitor + laptop
Weight Limit
35 lbs max load
35 lbs max
30 lbs max load
25 lbs max load
25 lbs max load
44 lbs max load
40 lbs max load

Monitor Mount Converters: Techtonic Series

 Product Name

Techtonic Electric Dual Monitor Mount

Techtonic Electric Triple Monitor Mount

How it Works
Electric lift
Electric lift
Color
Black
Black
Desktop Size
TABLETOP DIMENSIONS: 33" x 14"
KEYBOARD TRAY DIMENSIONS: 34" x 18"
TABLETOP DIMENSIONS: 33" x 14"
KEYBOARD TRAY DIMENSIONS: 34" x 18"
Footprint
31.25" x 20"
31.25" x 20"
Levels
3 3
Max Monitor Size
31.5" widescreen 19" widescreen
Weight Limit
60 lbs
60 lbs

Space Savers: UpTrak Series

Product Name

UpTrak Standing Desk / Adjustable Stand Up Desk

UpTrak Metro Standing Desk & Bonus Keyboard Tray

How it Works Easy-to-use locking levers Spring-assisted lift
Color
Choose from Black or Cherry
Choose from Black, Cherry, or Shimmer
Desktop Size
24" x 20"

Keyboard level: 18.6" x 7.75"

Monitor level: 23.74" x 16"

Footprint

18" x 15"

15.75" x 14.1"
Levels 1 2
Monitor Capacity 1 1
Weight Limit 25 lbs max load
25 lbs max load

 

Standing Desk Converters: Stand Only

Stand Steady Series 

Product
Name
 

Original Stand Steady
Standing Desk (MEDIUM)

Original Folding Desk Converter

Executive Folding Desk Converter

Magic Shelf Multifunctional Desk Converter

Color Black Black Black Blue Black Black White

Desktop Size

24" x 20"
32" x 22" 48" x 24" 19.75" x 11" 23.5" x 20" 31.5" x 23.5"

LARGER TABLE: 24.25" x 11.75"

SMALLER TABLE: 24" x 11.75"

Footprint 18" x 15" 28" x 19" 42 x 21" 20" x 10.5" 18.5" x 13" 26" x 16.5"

LARGER TABLE: 24.25" x 11.75"

SMALLER TABLE: 24" x 11.75"

(Footprint of combined pieces varies based on setup)
Levels 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Monitor Capacity 1 2 1 monitor + laptop Laptop 1 2 Laptop
Weight Limit 75 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
16.5 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
75 lbs max load
25 lbs max load