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.
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.