Ergonomic Computer Workstations
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 workstations 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
If your chair doesn't allow for adjustment or you're considering a new chair, you'll find reviews of office chairs (Click on the link.) While you might not find what you want, it will give you a good idea of the new ergonomic chairs available.
3. Your keyboard and mouse play a role in your comfort at the computer.
The keyboard should remain flat, unless you have an ergonomic board designed to relieve stress and prevent carpel tunnel. A wrist rest isn't tool for you so avoid them. The use of a "ergonomic" mouse pad with wrist rests increases your chance of carpel tunnel syndrome.
4. However, if you spend much time at your ergonomic computer workstations, you might consider giving yourself a break and making your experience more comfortable.
There are plenty of sites that can help you find ergonomically designed computer workstations and all the gadgets that keep you comfortable no matter how long the day.
These desks offer a lower position for the keyboard to keep the wrists in neutral position and your hands and arms can move freely.
6. A footrest can reduce the pressure on your lower back and make it more comfortable to sit for extended periods.
It's also a good idea to use a lumbar pillow on the back of your chair as a method of support. Headsets for your telephone help you maintain the ability to type while talking but also prevent you from sitting in an awkward position during lengthy phone conversations.
Setting Up Your Ergonomic Workstation
Ergonomics: Computer Workstations:
Ergonomics Computer Workstations
Below are some links to help you find the right ergonomic computer furniture for setting up your ergonomic workstations.
Workez Standing Desk
VARIDESK Single Plus
The Original Stand Steady Standing Desk
VARIDESK Single Plus
Adjustable Vented Laptop Table
Ergonomics: Computer Workstations
Diagram of Ergonomic Workstations
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