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Same profession. If you're job offers, take a standing desk. They offer a lot of benefits if you use them properly, by constantly shifting around on your feet (make sure not to just lock your knees and stand.) I feel as though I have much more energy when I'm standing for a significant portion of my day and there are a lot of times when the shifting and moving will help me mentally bget over some coding writer's blocks.
Now a lot of people use standing desk by standing in carpet or that tile or what have you but a huge tip is to get a standing pad, like the ones you see cashier's use. The cushion helps prevent strain on your joints and if you get one that is contoured, it can provide interesting topography for your feet to explore as you shift around on it. I use the Topo standing pad (Topo by Ergodriven | The Not-Flat Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Mat with Calculated Terrain [Must-Have for Any Standing Desk] (Obsidian Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3TO9EK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_WfDvBbFJMFZT7) which has become a staple in my life. You can make this even more interesting by placing a tennis ball on the pad and rolling and playing with it with your feet as a massage/fidget toy for your toes. Heck, take your shoes off (if you're feet don't smell) and wiggle your toes. Get that blood flowing yo, and may your code compile with minimal runtime errors.
They encourage you to make small movements with your feet and provide some cushioning as well.
It sounds like a gimmick and was very skeptical when I bought it; but surprisingly it helped a ton with leg fatigue.
This is the one I bought (yeah, they're expensive):
The reason these are more expensive than normal anti-fatigue mats is due to the raised topology along the edges of the mat. It's like the Topo mat. The idea is because there's extra geometry and terrain under your foot, you're more inclined to wiggle around and shift on the mat more often. You can also stretch out your feet, stand in a raised position, etc. I have the Topo mat I linked and I greatly prefer it to a flat standing mat as I definitely feel more inclined to move around, as opposed to just standing still on a flat standing mat and shifting my weight once every now and then.
My feet are all sorts of fucked from the army, I brought this one roughly 3 years ago, it has been incredible. Even allows me to massage my feet.
I doubt the brand matters, but something like the Topo Comfort Mat where you have multiple different ways you can place your feet so it's not both feet 100% flat on the ground the entire session.
They also make some that are curved or have accessories like small rollers.
Anyone use standing mats/standing desks? Thinking about getting one of those standing mats like this and wondering if it's worth $100 over a $30 flat one.
I am usually using my standing desks either in socks (at work) or bare feet (at home). I have had the flat standing mats, and they certainly help. However, a few months ago I bought a 'Topo Comfort' mat (ASIN B00V3TO9EK), and it has been wonderful to be able to stand in different areas and rest my feet on different surfaces. So I highly recommend any 'veteran stander' get one of the shaped mats.
And yes, you will have to get proficient at pulling out, and kicking back in the mat, but I never found it that bad, particularly as I only transition once or twice a day. (And at home, on the fake hardwood, its really easy to do.)
Based off of my research. People are praising this anti fatigue mat as being one of the best. It’s a bit steep so I haven’t purchased one yet.
Topo Comfort Mat by Ergodriven | The Not-Flat Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Mat with Calculated Terrain | Standing Desk Mat | Comfortable Standing Mat | Office Mat | Desk Accessories | Obsidian Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3TO9EK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_z3CiFbRF4T8FS
Hello fellow Varidesk owner! Varidesk has an app you can download which will pop up every XX minutes on your screen telling you to sit/stand. You can adjust it as you like.
I generally stand for an hour and sit for an hour, and try to sit for at least half the time.
I also migrated from a a plain fatigue Mat to the Topo by ergodriven. It's made a huge difference for me and allows me to comfortably shift my weight whenever I feel the need.
Topo by Ergodriven | The Not-Flat Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Mat with Calculated Terrain [Must-Have for Any Standing Desk] (Obsidian Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3TO9EK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_lq4Yxb4KSTXT2
You should get a mat for standing. I have this one and can't recommend it highly enough:
I highly recommend this, wish the smaller version has the same design since this mat is fairly large
Anti-fatigue standing mat: Topo by Ergodriven | The Not-Flat Standing Desk Anti-Fatigue Mat with Calculated Terrain [Must-Have for Any Standing Desk] (Obsidian Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3TO9EK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_MFeEd6O8SDwPy
>Hi, thanks for sharing your story and I'm sorry to hear about your pain reoccurrence.
>I got the trigger point injection shot 2 months ago. It didn't really improve my pain in my spine but I did notice that my muscle spasms are less frequent.
>I also just talked to my doctor again and he gave me an epidural 2 weeks ago as that is the more conservative of the 2 procedures (epidural vs multiple facet injections). I have not noticed the epidural improving my pain at all. I still think that it is a facet issue so I will be going back next week to see what he says about the facet injection now.
>The things that trigger my pain the most nowadays are sitting down, being stressed out, and maybe not sleeping properly (I've since turned by memory pillow upside down so I am now sleeping on a slight slope to be more in flexion vs extension). Holding heavy objects with my left arm (the side of the neck where I get the most spasms) also triggers it so I haven't done any weightlifting or holding any heavy objects on it anymore.
>The things that I notice that help the most are frequent activity (frequent walks and movement) and lying down when I start feeling "sore". I've also started to use my standing desk differently. I've bought a mat (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V3TO9EK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) that encourages me to change my position often (replacing my old flat mat); I think this has been helping a lot. I also don't turn my neck the way that hurts more. I avoid sitting as much as possible. I have a step counter/movement reminder that reminds me to move around every 20 minutes as well.
>I'm surprised that your insurance doesn't cover the facet injections. 2.5k euros sounds like a lot but I would confirm whether cervical facet issues show up on MRIs first before paying out of pocket for it.
>I have heard mixed things regarding this. One spine doctor and online sources told me that cervical facet issues are not detectable on the MRI as they are too small (not sure how accurate this is though) however another doctor (pain management) told me that it would show up and MRI is the "gold standard"
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Not OP, but mine looks identical, and I have this one.
Haha thanks! It's this one. Bit expensive but its high quality; I've had it for 4 years and still looks new.
Do a lot of Creo work and my current setup is an HP Elitebook hooked up to a 43" Philips 4k monitor (both supplied by work). I use a VPN->Remote Desktop to run all my CAD on a workstation back at the office and that has worked really well. I did spring for a stand-up desk (Ikea so nothing too fancy) and got a Topo desk mat which has been great to keep me off my arse a bit during the day. Also don't skimp on the ergonomics, get a decent chair, keyboard, mouse and a good wireless headset if you're on a lot of meetings. Only other thing, I hadn't had an actual 'home' computer for ages (just used and Ipad and such) but picked up an Intel NUC, since I didn't want a huge glowing gamer desktop or another laptop taking up space, and use a KVM to swap between 'work' and 'home' stuff on my setup. So far it's all been working great.
The most important thing to get the most out of your standing desk is a good anti-fatigue mat. Do not cheap out on that... it's so important. Most of the cheaper ones are too thin or compress too much.
I have had this one for a few years and can't imagine working without it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3TO9EK/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_Sk6eDb095RT95 Take a look at some others on Amazon to see if you like the shape/size better, but this one has some great features; it is thick enough for me as a 6'6" 380lbs guy to not smoosh it, and the ball in the center is great for keeping your feet moving, as is the big hump on the back (which I can stand on with both feet and not compress). I do calf raises with the back hump to keep stretched out throughout the day.
Also, for sitting I have a seat cushion that works well and doesn't deform too much. It's also cool- I've found other ones to get hot fast for some reason. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014F18ZGU/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_hp6eDbT3R0PPE
Finally, as u/searine said, pay very close attention to your ergonomics. Look online at diagrams of how your arms/hands/neck should be positioned. Get yourself a monitor stand (I have a triple that just clamped right on the back of the desk and is very adjustable... saved a ton of desk space too!)
Uplift's cheapest mat option which is a freebie with desk purchase, https://www.upliftdesk.com/standing-desk-mat-with-heel-grab-by-uplift-desk/. The Topo mats seem most popular, such as https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V3TO9EK/.
Desk is from Effydesk
Mat is the Topo by Ergodriven
Anti-fatigue standing mat: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V3TO9EK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Right, and that's the design philosophy behind this product
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V3TO9EK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ? or ebay?