A Northern Virginia Chiropractor Talks About Standing at Work

by Ellen O'Hearn December 15, 2014

Recently, I interviewed Dr. Andy Stynchula, a chiropractor and owner of Stynchula Wellness and Sports Rehab Center in Fairfax, Virginia. He says sedentary behavior is so prevalent, but we need to think about what is happening with the back when sitting.

EO: What brings most people to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor?

AS: Unfortunately, I see a lot of people who wait for a condition to become very serious before they finally make an appointment. My clients primarily complain about three areas: 1) neck, shoulder and arm; 2) lower back and pelvic; and 3) headaches. 

In the center, we have a physical therapy component, to encourage my patients to follow through, and ultimately, we want them following a recovery program at home, with a trainer or a gym. I get them from not moving to moving more comfortably; I’m transitioning them. Initially, I supervise their workouts.

EO: When did you first learn about standing desks?

AS: About 25 years ago, I worked in office furniture sales and office ergonomics. Back then the standing desk was not a reality. Adjustable height workstations were a pain to operate and most people didn’t want to mess with them.

EO: Ergonomically, what would you recommend to office workers today, in terms of sitting and standing at work?

AS: When you are sitting on your desk chair, try to bring your head and arms back, and open up your shoulders. Sit forward on your chair, and squeeze between shoulder blades, putting a curve in the back. The wrong ways to sit at work are to sit forward and reach, or recline and put feet up.

As for standing at a standing desk, try resting one foot, which takes the tension off the back and pelvis. Putting one leg up will prevent the hamstrings from becoming too tight. Try to keep your back in its proper position, and then work the rest of the body around it.

EO: I’ve heard some people say they won’t stand at work because of knee pain, such as a friend of mine who is an umpire for high school baseball games during the baseball season. How can we get this type of person to try standing at work?

AS: When you consider the bulk of knee problems, they are about tracking. This means things that don’t mesh when you move the knees. A knee is like a hinge. The pain may be caused by tightness, weakness, ligament or soft tissue injury. Ultimately that causes friction, wearing out the knee.

However, if the knee is swollen, we have to wait until swelling shrinks. To treat swelling you can use ice, or I use a cold laser, which is a certain frequency of light. The light affects mitochondria and elements in cells to speed up repair. If you choose to treat with cold laser, you would expect 6-8 treatments over a month, at 5 minutes per treatment. You can use it on any condition that involves swelling, or arthritis.

EO: What about high heels? Many of my friends wear high heels to work, and think that hinders their ability to use a standing desk.

AS: Let’s consider people who stand with heels, versus no heels: what is different. In heels, you are causing a tilt in the pelvis. The first muscles affected are the hip flexor muscles. The calf muscles are altered. The hip muscles are jammed up and when you get up from sitting, the hip muscles lengthen. Wearing heels alters pelvic muscles, the latissimus to shoulder, which are the longer muscles are adjusting to all of these affected muscles. Someone should be athletic to walk in high heels. Most people in high heels walk like a duck with their feet out. Walking heel-toe is better, but heel-toe breaks down in high heels.

Ultimately, for health of body, I recommend no high heels. I realize that making that a reality is hard.

EO: What percentage of patients do you think the Chiropractic community could sway to stand at work?

AS: Based on my practice, I think that 50-60 percent of my patients would be willing to stand at work, part of the time. If you want some motivation to stand more often, remember that when you sit down, you’re taking a lot of core strength exercise away, and you’re putting your nervous system to sleep.

Contact Info:

Dr. Andy Stynchula

Stynchula Wellness and Sports Rehab Center
8704 Lee Hwy, Suite 203
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 204-1220

drandy@fairfaxbackpain.com

http://www.fairfaxbackpain.com/




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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