Body Posture at Computer Workstations

We are now primarily a workforce that sits at desks everyday and uses computers to do our jobs.  This is true for home business workers, office personnel, and students.  Many workers often complain of back and neck pain, eye strain, and shoulder tension.  Eliminating these issues may be difficult, but one can certainly make simple changes in body posture to reduce computer related health issues.

Below is a list of ergonomic and health guidelines that help the body relax and avoid some of the more common complaints. 

–        Sit close to your work surface.  Extending too far causes strain on muscles and vision.

–        Use a well-designed ergonomic chair.  If you don’t have one, buy one.

–        Change your sitting position frequently.  Get up and take a walk every two hours, at least around your floor or to the bathroom.

–        Feet should be flat on the floor or on a footrest.

–        Thighs should be parallel to the floor, not elevated from the chair.

–        Your back should be straight, not slumped in the chair or leaning forward.

–        The computer screen should be 14-25 inches from your eyes, depending on visual acuity.

–        The center of the computer screen should be level with your chin or about ten degrees below eye level.

–        The keyboard height should permit your arms to slope downward slightly.  Keep wrists elevated slightly to help with carpal tunnel issues.

–        Rest and stretch your hands and fingers when fatigue begins.

Try to follow these steps as good practice to make your health and comfort a priority.  When your body feels better, you will work more efficiently and effectively.

Sources:

NorthShore University Health Systems

Apple Computer, Inc.

Graphic: http://www.apple.com/about/ergonomics/seat.html

By Dion D Shaw

Dion D Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

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