What is a standing workstation?
Typical standing workplaces are those with activities that require long periods of standing, such as in sales, at reception, in production or even in the laboratory. A healthy alternation between standing and sitting is often not given. Conversely, a workplace where people only sit is not ideal either - and that is why many office workplaces today are equipped with sit-stand desks!
The health hazards of standing workplaces
Many people who have a standing job complain of circulation problems or heavy legs, strained muscles, back problems and back pain. No wonder, when the back muscles tire, the spine is not properly supported with the result of a permanently incorrect posture. This puts strain on the intervertebral discs, muscles cramp and harden. If this is not corrected at an early stage, the problems and complaints can turn into chronic illnesses. This is not really necessary, because there are a number of ergonomic and occupational health measures that are very easy to implement.
Preventing discomfort at a standing workstation
It is important that the person who works while standing regularly interrupts standing, i.e. primarily through movement, such as lightly rocking from ball of foot to heel or walking shorter distances (i.e. stairs instead of lift). An anti-fatigue mat, such as the Aeris Muvmat, which is the only mat in the world with a 3D interior and thus constantly provides new movement stimuli, is also recommended to increase standing comfort. When not working, compensatory exercise such as gymnastic exercises, swimming, hiking or cycling - but also foot massages and foot baths - can help. As a general rule, wearing high shoes should be avoided.
Ergonomic workplace design for standing workstations
Ideally, the worker has a stand-up chair or sit-stand chair that allows dynamic sitting. Like the Muvman from Aeris, for example, which is the first active stand-up seat that meets all requirements thanks to technological and ergonomic innovations - without having to compromise. Room to move, individual adaptability to the user, infinitely adjustable seat heights are more than adequate.
The ergonomics of the Aeris Muvman are absolutely consistent, which is why it counteracts health impairments - i.e. less back pain - and increases productivity and performance to boot. This is due to the patented muvzone, the movement joint in the footplate that adapts to the position and movement of the person sitting upright, depending on the angle of inclination of the centre column. This optimises the posture towards the work surface and increases the gripping space. The ergonomically required mobility is thus ensured at all times. Depending on the standing or sitting height, the seat can be adjusted quickly and continuously from 51 to 84 cm using the integrated Easy-Touch buttons. To prevent blood congestion and to maintain a pleasant sitting climate, the very comfortable seat surface has flexzone technology, which yields to body pressure.
By the way, the Aeris Muvman can be subsidised as orthopaedic office furniture by the pension insurance or the health insurance upon application. You can find more information here.