Sitting. This is the new smoking as experts may say. It will become the demise of the general population, either through musculoskeletal injuries as we see daily to significantly higher cardiovascular risk.
I am the healthcare representative of the Xtension Desk; a product designed to make the static desk job…well LESS static! The company is utilizing a form of crowdfunding to raise the final funds to make the prototype reality. I am not a salesperson, actually did not take over my family’s three generation store to become a physical therapist.
However, I am a believer. I believe in this product, this concept…and most of all the negative effects of prolonged sitting. As a musculoskeletal expert and practicing clinician, just like all of you reading this blog, I see the ill effects of sitting in all my patients over the years. It is an opportunity to become more active in our prevention, and treatment, of MSK disorders. It may be that final straw to get someone over the hump for improved health. The 10 reps of standing lumbar extension or trip to the water cooler is just not going to do it…
There are plenty of products on the market, but none that can be promoted by the professionals who know their stuff….US. Check out the Xtension Desk’s website and let me know what you think. You can even find an article in the upcoming Advance for PT magazine (I’ll link out when it becomes digital).
In the meantime, check out this infographic that I got from a recent Slate magazine article.