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Standing Desk - Upper Back Pain

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 29, 2011 at 5:44 PM

There has been a thread or two on standing desk posture, but I didn't see anything on this. I've been utilizing a standing desk contraption for about 3+ weeks now. I'm a pretty fit person, but my upper back (traps) tends to hurt like hell towards the end of the day. Lumbar area feels fine. Is my posture poor or is my back just not used to holding a proper posture all day? I try and shift my stance all day: place one leg up, stretch, etc. Thanks!

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on April 12, 2011
at 08:35 PM

Edward, I think that's the problem. The top of my monitor was maybe at Chin height. I've raised it about nose level and it's made a big difference. Probably need to raise it another inch or two.

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on April 12, 2011
at 06:48 PM

I also kick off my shoes a lot at my standing desk (on the rare days I'm not wearing Vibrams).

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on March 29, 2011
at 08:27 PM

At your standing desk are you looking directly in front of you or down a bit?

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on April 13, 2011
at 04:10 AM

The suggestion to raise your monitor was a good one. You might also make sure the desk/keyboard is at the right height. My desktop is at about elbow height. I'm thinking if your desk was too high, that might cause your traps to tighten up over the course of a day.

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on May 15, 2014
at 10:48 PM

Not setting your desk up correctly can definitely lead to weird pain/tightness. I didn't realize how off mine was until I used this standing desk calculator. The biggest change for me was lowering the keyboard/mouse, and tilting them away from me. My shoulders feel amazing now, where they used to be tight and sore ALL THE TIME.

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on April 12, 2011
at 07:36 PM

It may be useful to feel that you are lengthening, widening, and deepening your torso as opposed to 'holding the correct posture'. Holding of any kind creates tension, and it is important to keep fluidity throughout your spine, even when standing still.

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on March 29, 2011
at 06:02 PM

I noticed some problems at my new standing desk, but I finally figured out they were from my shoes. Now I take my shoes off at every opportunity and my back is fine. (and my feet don't hurt anymore). Sadly my socks fit in better than my vibrams would or I would wear those everyday. This video has some tips too.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yYJ4hEYudE

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on April 12, 2011
at 06:48 PM

I also kick off my shoes a lot at my standing desk (on the rare days I'm not wearing Vibrams).

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