How to correctly sit at a computer

Computer posture

Having to sit at a computer for lengthy periods of time can have a strain on your body. If you’re sitting at your computer incorrectly, it can cause back and neck pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and eye strain. Here are a few simple tips on how to maintain good posture at your computer.

 Your chair

Adjust the height of the seat to ensure that your feet are flat on the ground and your knees are at the same height as your hips. Ideally, the back of your chair should be adjusted to a 100-110◦ angle and your backside should be pushed as far back into the chair as it can be.

The Mouse

Keep the mouse close to you and use a mouse mat with a wrist pad to prevent your wrist from bending at an awkward angle.

The keyboard

Ensure that your keyboard is directly in front of you with the keys central to your body. Your shoulders should be relaxed and not strained, and your hands and wrists should be kept straight. Wrist rests are designed to reduce the risk of developing repetitive stress injuries during typing breaks. Considering purchasing one to support your wrists and arms and keep your hands above the keyboard.

The monitor

Be sure that your screen is directly in front of you and at eye level. There should be no glare from windows or other light sources. If there is glare, close any necessary blinds or curtains and re-position any lights. You may also want to try an anti-glare screen protector.

Be safe. Remember these tips to ensure that your computing experience is comfortable and free from harm.

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