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  • Writer's pictureDalton Tolliver

Creating an Ergonomic Workspace: Tips for Better Posture and Comfort

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In today's digital age, many of us spend long hours sitting at our desks, whether for work, study or leisure. However, this sedentary lifestyle can take its toll on our body, causing discomfort and even chronic pain, especially in the neck, shoulders and back. An effective way to combat these problems is to create an ergonomic workspace that promotes good posture and reduces tension.


Essential tips to ensure your workstation is ergonomically designed for optimal comfort and productivity.

Chair:

Start by choosing a chair that provides adequate support for your spine. Look for chairs with adjustable seat height, back angle, and armrests. Adjust the height of the chair so that your feet rest on the floor or use a footrest if necessary. Position the armrests so that your arms are supported with your shoulders relaxed. Your ankles, knees, hips, and elbows should all be at 90 degrees. You can also, explore alternative seating options such as stability balls or kneeling chairs, which promote active sitting and engage your core muscles. These options can help improve posture and prevent stiffness during prolonged periods of sitting.

Desk:

Ensure your desk offers enough room for your legs and feet to move comfortably underneath. Avoid cluttering the area under your desk to maximize legroom. If possible, adjust the height of the desk to a level that allows your elbows to rest comfortably at a 90-degree angle while you type. Consider using sturdy boards or blocks to raise the desk if necessary, and pad any sharp edges to avoid wrist discomfort. Consider using a standing desk or a convertible desk that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. Standing periodically can help improve circulation, reduce sedentary behavior, and alleviate pressure on your spine.

Keyboard and mouse:

Place your keyboard directly in front of you at a height that allows your wrists to remain straight while you type. Keep your mouse within arm's reach and at the same level as your keyboard. Adjust the mouse sensitivity to require minimal force when clicking and reduces strain on your fingers and wrists. To ensure even more comfort look into ergonomic keyboards and mouses, which are designed to reduce strain on your hands, wrists, and arms. These devices often feature a more natural hand position and customizable settings to accommodate individual preferences.

Monitor:

Place your monitor directly in front of you, about an arm's length away. Place the top of the monitor at eye level or slightly below to avoid neck strain. Keep a distance of 20 to 40 inches between your eyes and the screen for comfortable viewing. Adjust the tilt and brightness of the monitor to reduce glare and eye strain.

Laptop:

If you're using a laptop, consider investing in an external keyboard, mouse, and stand to create a more ergonomic setup. Elevate the laptop screen to eye level using a stand or stack of books to reduce neck strain. Use the external keyboard and mouse to maintain proper arm and wrist alignment.

Document Holder: 

If you frequently refer to printed documents while working on your computer, use a document holder positioned at eye level to reduce neck strain from constantly looking down. This ensures that your neck remains in a neutral position while reading or typing.

Phone:

If you frequently use your phone while working, opt for a speaker or headphones to avoid holding the phone between your head and shoulder, which can lead to neck and shoulder pain over time

Frequently used objects:

Keep frequently used items, such as pens, notebooks, or reference materials, within easy reach to minimize reaching and twisting movements. If an object is out of reach while you are sitting, take a moment to get up and retrieve it to avoid straining your muscles.

Regular Breaks and Stretching: 

Incorporate regular breaks into your workday to stretch and move around. Perform simple stretching exercises targeting the neck, shoulders, back, and wrists to release tension and improve flexibility. Set reminders or use productivity apps to prompt you to take breaks at regular intervals. Our suggestion is to move around the last 5 minutes of each hour.


Enhancing Your Ergonomic Workspace for Better Posture and Comfort

By implementing even some of these ergonomic principles into your workspace setup, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing musculoskeletal discomfort and promote better posture and overall well-being. Remember the most important is to take regular breaks to stretch and move throughout the day to further relieve tension and stiffness. A few simple adjustments to your workstation can make a big difference in your comfort and productivity levels.


Take Control of Your Pain Today

If you have made these changes and are still dealing with neck, shoulder, or back pain, seeking professional help from a chiropractor or physical therapist is crucial. At Seven Bridges Chiropractic, our experienced team is dedicated to helping you find relief and regain control of your life.


Give us a call at (904) 582-5200 or book online at sevenbridgeschiro.janeapp.com to schedule an appointment and start your journey toward a pain-free life. Don't let discomfort hold you back any longer – take the first step towards wellness today.


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