Perching – not sitting and not standing!

January 19, 2016
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Perching Workstation

Perching is great! A mixture of the sitting and standing, perchingis higher sitting with body weight supported by a stool as well as your legs on the floor.

What is so good about perching?

Some postures are better than others. NASA has defined a ‘neutral body posture’ which is half way between sitting and standing as it balances musculature between front and back of the body. This position is used in the martial arts and in the Alexander Technique (position of mechanical advantage).

If you work at a higher desk, bench or counter a perching stool is a good alternative to a drafting chair. It will be easier to get on and off (as it is lower than a drafting chair) and the knees don’t need to fit under the desk.

Perching is active! Unlike ‘normal’ sitting when you perch, your leg, buttock, hip and core muscles all need to work. • It is very difficult to slump and slouch when perching. Most people when first sitting on a perching stool notice how easy it is to hold a perfect posture of the back and neck.

It can be the best type of sitting for people with back pain. Perching, with the thighs sloping downwards causes the pelvis and the lumbar spine (low back) to be in a better, more neutral posture and lower intervertebral disc pressure. This can often result in improved back health and comfort.

Perching makes it easier for the arms to reach things as the hips and trunk can move more. This is the reason it is a position used in occupations such as laboratory work, sonography and hairdressing.

Workstation Ergonomics

Perching needs a higher than conventional desk but not quite a standing desk. Depending on the perching stool and the preferred sitting height an extra 10 – 20cm desk height can be needed. If you don’t have a height adjustable desk, we can help you with other ways to raise your desk.

To get your workstation assessed, contact SAOT Consultants today!