When it comes to dangers in the workplace, you’d think that, compared with working as a police officer, a firefighter, a security guard, or as mountain rescue, an office would be one of the safest places to work. Well, that’s not entirely true.

In the workplace, did you know that as many as 1 in 2 workplace injuries are related to musculoskeletal issues?

Slipped discs, back and hip issues, and other similar conditions are all very common amongst people that work office jobs, and experts are convinced that one of the primary causes of these injuries is sitting.

Sitting for short periods of time can be beneficial if you suffer from aches, pains, and general discomfort. Sitting for 7 – 8 hours a day in front of a computer, 5 days a week, though, can be detrimental to your health.

To combat the issues caused by sitting for too long, standing desks are now more common than ever in offices worldwide.

Here’s a look at 4 great accessories for your standing desk to help you get more from it.

Anti-fatigue mats

Anti-fatigue matsAnti-fatigue mats

First and foremost, when talking about accessories for a standing desk, you simply cannot talk about standing desks without mentioning anti-fatigue mats.

If you purchase just one accessory for your standing desk, let it be this.

Anti-fatigue mats are specially designed to provide cushioning and support for your feet as you stand at the desk itself.

They not only help to ease any pain and discomfort caused by standing on your feet for a prolonged period of time, they also provide support for your joints, to help prevent ankle, knee, and hip issues associated with standing for a long time.

These mats are cost-effective, comfortable, stylish, discreet, and work incredibly well.

Under desk keyboard and mouse platform

Under desk keyboardMouse platform

If you use a keyboard and/or a mouse with your laptop or computer, an under desk keyboard and mouse platform is vital.

When you use your keyboard, you want it at roughly elbow height, with your elbows and arms bent at a 90-degree angle.

If the keyboard and/or mouse is positioned incorrectly, you could suffer with carpal tunnel syndrome, strains, sprains, and general aches and pains.

A keyboard and mouse platform is designed to help you position these items in exactly the correct way, enabling you to use them effectively without hurting yourself or making yourself feel uncomfortable in the process.

Foam rollers

Foam rollersFoam rollers

When people think of foam rollers, they think of strenuous workouts in the gym, and physically demanding stretching exercises and routines.

In reality, the beauty of foam rollers is that you can use them pretty much anywhere, at any time, with anything.

A lot of office workers use foam rollers with their standing desks, as you can foam roll the soles of your feet, as well as your legs, hips, glutes, lower back, and anywhere else that may be causing you pain and discomfort.

Ergonomic footstools

Ergonomic footstoolsErgonomic footstools

Even though they’re called standing desks, because the desks can be adjusted in height, you can also use them for sitting.

In fact, experts recommend that you alternate between sitting and standing, as too much of either can be detrimental to your health and well-being.

For times when you’re sitting at your desk, in order to ensure that your feet are positioned at just the right height in order to ease pressure and tension on your lower back and lower body, placing them on an ergonomic footstool is strongly recommended.

These footstools will help to prevent aching feet, they’ll provide comfort, and they’ll help to ease pressure points. They too, are often adjustable so you can get the best possible user experience.