When you’re at the computer, or any desk for that matter, for a long part of the day, you can have distressing aches and pains from simply typing or remaining in an awkward position for too long. That’s why it pays to investigate an ergonomic computer design. Often you don’t have to purchase new equipment or office furniture, simply modify what you already have to make it more comfortable and healthier for your body.
Adjust the Height of Your Chair
Make certain that your chair is the proper height. Most computer chairs adjust so this quick fix costs you nothing. Stand up next to the chair and raise or lower the seat so that it is just below your kneecaps, you’ll find the right height. Sit on the chair and if your feet are flat to the floor and thighs parallel to the ground, you’ve made it the right height. There should also be 2 inches of space from the side of the chair seat to the back of your knees.
Do You Have Adequate Support?
The backrest of your chair should be comfortably pressed against your back and follow the back’s curves. Make sure that this allows you to sit reclined at an angle that’s between 110 to 130 degrees. You can use a towel to make the adjustment if your seat is immobile. Make certain your armrests allow you to lay your arms on the rest at a 90-degree angle without your elbows pointing outward.
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