Office work and desk jobs in general may be less of a pain in the neck – if you use a treadmill desk that is, according to Julie Cote, a kinesiologist at McGill University. Her research, reported on the McGill University website found that workers engaging in as little as 90 minute typing stints on a treadmill desk experienced much more muscle activity in the neck and shoulder muscles than the control group which performed typing tasks while sitting. All of this extra muscle activity, it is assumed, leads to less discomfort.



TrekDesk has reported in the past that at least 80% of office workers experience work related back pain due to prolonged sitting. This problem accounts for more lost productivity days for employers than any other single ailment.  Adding up over the years, sedentary office environments are the largest contributor to this “move it or lose it” problem among adults.



“Even though office workers may not naturally see it that way, their body is basically their work instrument, just as it is for an athlete,” stated Côté. “It can get injured in similar ways and for similar reasons: overuse of certain muscles.” One of her current experiments involves looking at treadmill workstations. “These workstations may be good for getting people moving and losing weight,” says Côté, “but no one has looked into how this kind of posture affects the muscles in the neck, shoulders and lower back.”


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TrekDesk has anecdotal evidence in this regard, performing experiments in the past with exercise bikes which seemed to exacerbate muscle pains in the back, neck and shoulders. Standing desks seem to present their own set of problems as well according to a Cornell study




“Movement is a wonderful way to stay healthy and alert”, related TrekDesk CEO Steve Bordley, “but it is important to remember that we evolved to move in an erect fashion not in a seated capacity or forced to remain in one position for extended periods of time. It may not be proven scientifically yet but common sense dictates that we should keep our bodies moving the way they have evolved over the past million years or so.”


More than 27 million Americans over the age of 25 suffer functional limitations in their daily movement such as rising from a chair or ascending stairs caused directly by a condition known as knee osteoarthritis (OA). Those with the condition or at risk of developing OA, it has been learned in a new study, could reduce their risk by walking 6,000 steps per day. TrekDesk Treadmill Desk offers many deskbound workers the opportunity to achieve this daily goal easily.

The study, published recently in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) journal, Arthritis Care & Research, found that 6,000 steps per day at a minimum could prevent increasing mobility issues with those that suffer from OA. Recent date suggests that 80% of OA patients suffer some limitation in movement and 11% actually need assistance with personal care.


Knee With Osteoarthritis

More than two thirds of older adults walk less than 13 minutes in total per day accelerating their OA caused limitations and it is a well documented fact that the average American adult walks less than one half the recommended 10,000 steps per day necessary for optimal health.

The OA study included 1788 people with or at risk of OA as measured by the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Those participants walking less than 6,000 steps per day had the highest incidence of functional limitations caused by OA. The study authors encouraged as much walking as possible for OA sufferers with a minimum goal of 3,000 steps and working toward a 6,000 step daily goal.


Summary:   An estimated 80% of all employees suffer from back problems at some point in their life costing employers an estimated $7.4 billion annually. Researchers already know that sedentary office environments and rising levels of obesity are major contributing factors and that walking helps reduce these risk factors. A new study from the Sahigrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg sheds light on why walking with a treadmill desk could be beneficial for the spine.




Spine Damaged From Sitting

Rising obesity rates and sedentary office environments are contributing factors to increasing levels of employee back problems costing American businesses approximately $7.4 billion annually. A new study presented at the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) has shown that exercise, such as walking, actually stimulates the production of beneficial cells in intervertebral discs possibly assisting in the prevention of disc degeneration. The challenge for employers in sedentary based industries is to design environments that can encourage employee movement. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks offer a unique solution.

The study from the Sahigrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg showed that exercise actually increased the number of new cells in the invertabral discs."This is new knowledge showing that the intervertebral discs can be positively affected by physical activity," stated Helena Brisby, lead researcher at the 2011 ISSLS convention.

“Previous studies have shown that walking increases both the amount and the type of cells produced by the body in a variety of areas from the brain, to the blood and now in this study- to the back,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desks. “Researchers are now focusing on “sedentary science”, unraveling the multitude of dangers associated with sedentary lifestyles. The good news is that many of these conditions can be reversed by introducing movement back into the lives of employees.”

"Physical exercise is already an important part of the treatment for back pain today, but there is limited knowledge about the specific effect that exercise has on the discs and what the optimal dose of exercise is," says Dr. Björn Rydevik, a researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy. The research team is planning additional studies to answer these questions.

Designed to fit any existing treadmill, TrekDesk is an affordable, full sized standing desk that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of exercise daily to maintain health, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation.


Summary: Suffering from lower back pain? The cure may be as simple and inexpensive as a regular walking regimen.    

Eighty percent of U.S. employees will suffer from lower back pain at some point in the career accounting for one of the highest health care/productivity costs faced by employers. Treatment often involves extensive and expensive physical therapy. A new study from Tel Aviv University has found the most effective therapy is also the least expensive in alleviating lower back pain: aerobic walking. TrekDesk Treadmill Desk offers employees both a preventative measure and potential cure for lower back pain by allowing employees to walk while they work.


Walking is Best Cure for Back Ailments

The study, led by Dr. Michal Katz-Leurer of Tel Aviv University’s Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, was published this week in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation. The study authors found that walking engages abdominal and back muscles synchronically, similar to physical therapy solutions designed to target specific muscles individually. The study involved 52 participants with half completing a muscle strengthening program meeting 3x weekly for a six week period and the other half undertaking an aerobic walking program. The outcome of the study found that both groups benefited equally however the walking group results came at a much lower cost despite being “as effective as treatment that could have been received in the clinic,” stated Dr. Katz-Leurer. The study also emphasized that the walking regimen encouraged a healthier lifestyle since the treatment remained in the hands of the individual not a therapist. 

The TrekDesk Treadmill Desk offers a unique advantage to employees. First, employees are less likely to develop lower back problems since they are walking at work. Second, should they need to walk more to alleviate lower back symptoms they can do it without taking extra time out of their day.

“Cramping employees into chairs has a number of harmful effects on the body,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. “This is definitely a case where an ounce of prevention equating to walking while working is worth more than a pound of cure. 83% of medical claims are caused by lifestyle issues that could be controlled. Greater emphasis has to be placed on methods of prevention and education regarding the environmental causes of disease and disability. The issue of lower back pain is a great example.”


Summary: Fat vs Fit science unveiled another surprising study from scientists at Duke University. Their report, published in this month’s Arthritis & Rheumatism journal, found that exercise can relieve and prevent arthritic symptoms despite obesity levels and high fat diets.

Duke scientists released a surprising finding in this month’s journal, Arthritis & Rheumatism, showing that exercise without significant weight loss or proper diet can still be beneficial to joints. Aware of the link between obesity and arthritis the study set out to find if exercise offered a benefit independent of diet and weight to arthritic knee sufferers. While not a prescription to ignore obesity, diet or inactivity, the scientists found that exercise could provide a significant protective benefit for arthritis sufferers. The challenge is finding a way to change sedentary unhealthy behaviors and encourage exercise. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks offer a potential solution.



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The Duke study focused on two groups of male mice. Group One was fed a high fat diet, Group Two a normal diet. As expected the high fat group gained weight, processed glucose less efficiently and developed higher inflammatory molecules in the blood associated with osteoarthritis. However, when engaged in regular exercise regimens much of the inflammatory response was mitigated despite the extra weight and poor diet. Researchers dispelled the myth that extra weight exacerbates the development of arthritis independent of inactivity.

Lead researcher, Dr. Timothy Griffin was surprised to find that the fat cells among the obese mice actually acted differently when exposed to regular intervals of exercise. While still producing inflammatory molecules associated with osteoarthritis the fat cells lost their dynamic ability to inflict tissue damage due to the benefits of exercise.

Too many Americans have simply given up on health believing that if they are not a perfect weight or body type that exercise is a frustrating waste of time. This study out of Duke reinforces that exercise has a number of benefits not totally understood regardless of an individuals weight or diet. We have to promote movement as the first step in our battle to restore health in America.

2/3 of American adults are overweight or obese at an annual cost of $150 billion (source: NIH) and 20% of American adults suffer from arthritis at a treatment cost (along with other rheumatic symptoms) estimated at $128 billion annually (source: Arthritis Foundation).

Walking has been proven to be an effective preventative measure against both conditions.  Citing lack of time and motivation in an NIH study less than 5% of American adults exercise enough to maintain health minimums. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks hopes to change this dynamic.


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