Standing Desk Causes Physical Discomfort Affecting Cognitive Function

Standing desk causes physical discomfort affecting cognitive function that deteriorates the mental reactiveness, according to the research conducted by the Curtin University in Australia.

A few years back, standing at a desk was a popular trend among the people spending hours in sitting working on desk and also most of the offices. Many benefits were linked to standing desk advised for better health that included reduced risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases, lower long-term mortality and cancer.


The research team followed 20 participants standing for two hours at a computer desk in the laboratory. Later, the researchers observed changes in the participants’ cognitive function as well as physical discomfort. All of the participants felt physical discomfort, especially lower limb swelling throughout their bodies, which was increasing over the time while they were standing at the desk.

Physiotherapy expert, Alan Taylor from the Nottingham University said in a statement that, “The bottom line is that this expansion [of standing desks] has been driven more by commercial reasons than scientific evidence. But the evidence is catching up, and it’s showing there are some drawbacks. Office workers should rely less on standing desks for their well-being, and instead take more walks at work.”

However, the review disclosed a month ago by the medical journal – Annals of Internal Medicine, accentuated a direct association of prolonged sitting to the sever risk of early mortality.  Keith Diaz, a co-author of the study says that, “I think the simple message is sit less, move more, and move frequently.”