If you suffer from neck, shoulder or wrist strain at work, it could be well worth your while to try a standing desk. I've used one for nearly two years now, and am a complete convert.
I first suffered from Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) more than 20 years ago, as a journalist. Our Hamilton weekly newspaper was setting up a new paper in Tauranga. We worked out of a hotel room, where I wrote stories hunched over a laptop on a bedroom cabinet.
Back in the Hamilton office I noticed numbness in my thumbs, but persisted with typing until I couldn't ignore it anymore. That led to a long period of physiotherapy, exercises, arnica and gradual return to work.
I learnt my lesson and have never had such a bad experience of OOS - or repetitive strain injury (RSI) as it was known then. That initial injury means I am still prone to the occasional bouts of it.
When I began working from home, undertaking my first urgent piece of work, I started feeling pain in my neck, shoulders and wrists.
My solution was putting my laptop on top of a small kitchen table and three file boxes - with my ergonomic mouse at a similar height. Immediately my shoulders loosened - and I haven't suffered from OOS again.
If you think a standing desk might be something that would work for you but don't want to invest in an expensive new desk before you're sure it's right for you - you may like to try putting a laptop on file boxes on a table first.
I have now treated myself to an electronic standing desk, which can be adjusted to become a sitting desk when needed. Highly recommended!