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Work Healthier with an Ergonomic Workspace

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Set up your workspace with your health in mind.

For many workers, sitting in front of a computer all day is part of the job. Did you know, however, that there are many risks of sitting in an improperly formed workspace? These include

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Upper back pain
  • Lower back pain

Tips for Setting up Your Workspace

I’ve had patients in the past take pictures of their workspace and bring them in to show me. Then I can recommend things that they can do. Here are some main workspace components to consider:

Computer: Make sure you can face your computer and that the monitor is parallel with your chest. If you have to twist to look at your monitor, you need to change your workstation. The top of the monitor needs to be at eye level. That keeps you from having to look down and from having to look up, actions that can lead to neck pain.

Keyboard: For the keyboard or desk height I tell people to let your arms drop down by your side and bring them up and make a 90-degree angle between your forearm and your bicep. That’s the level that your keyboard needs to be.

Chair: A proper-fitting chair is important and needs to move up and down. I recommend that people go to an office supply store and test out several different chairs. You will want to find a chair that has proper support for the lower back. A person of smaller stature, for example, needs a smaller chair versus a big executive chair. If you need extra support, we offer back supports in our office.

When sitting both feet should be planted on the ground instead of dangling. You should also avoid sitting with your legs crossed.

Benefits of an Ergonomic Workspace

If you have a proper workspace, then your adjustments will hold longer. You are also likely to experience fewer headaches and increased productivity at work. Boost output and decrease discomfort by setting up a smart workstation today!

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