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Proper Desk Posture: Ergonomic Desk Posture Tips

Working a desk job eight hours a day puts a lot of stress on our body. Done repeatedly, improper posture at your desk will lead to physical problems over time.

It may be very subtle at first.

You may start feeling a gradual pain and numbness in your neck, shoulders, hips and back. You may experience vision problems while your wrists and arms may “feel weird” and with modified sensation.

Before you know it, these unassuming symptoms can lead to a more serious repetitive strain injury.

To avoid the above problems resulting from improper desk posture, here are a few ergonomic tips to include into your daily work routine:

Proper Desk Posture for the Head and Eyes

  1.    It starts with the position of your head. Make sure you keep the weight at the base which is your neck. Refrain from leaning your head and neck forward, like when you are staring and reading intently at the computer screen.
  2.    One way to make sure your head and eyes are at the proper ergonomic posture is to place the computer monitor directly in front of you. That way, you can read and understand everything without the need to lean forward to focus more. Take note also of the distance of the monitor which must be at least at arm’s length away.
  3.    Adjust the brightness of your computer screen. Too much glare will strain your eyes.

Proper Desk Posture for the Hands and Arms

  1.    Make sure the weight of your arms of your supported. This will ensure that your shoulders do not experience unnecessary stress as you work all day.
  2.    If you are using a computer, position the keyboard and the mouse closely that you need not stretch your arms and shoulders all the way.

Proper Desk Posture for the Back

  1.    The one thing that always causes back problems – slouching! Though it seems so relaxing, slouching while at work strains the discs and vertebrae of your back. Avoid slouching always.
  2.    Try to select a good office chair. Look for one that has an adjustable seat height and backrest height, lumbar support, and swiveling ability.

Proper Desk Posture for the Legs

  1.    Your feet should not be dangling while working. Adjust the height of your chair or make use of a desk with just the right height.
  2.    If you cannot adjust the height of your table or your chair is just too high, you can use a footrest. That way, your feet is always relaxed.

Prevent further stress while working. Pay attention to proper desk posture. And if you want to learn more about repetitive strain injury or are experiencing a work related issue, get in touch with us for a no obligation appointment.

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