Is Your Office Desk Setup Correctly?

Office ergonomics-Lakeside Chiropractic

Many of us use electronic devices from day to day but we don’t really realize that a poorly computer workstation and bad work habits can lead to serious health problems. Common problems associated with poor office design include discomfort in the back, neck and shoulders, pain in hands and wrists, as well as eyestrain and headaches.

Fortunately, the solution is simple, proper workspace and computer setup can prevent all these problems from happening in the first place! Simple adjustments to office equipment can make work more comfortable and more productive.

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What to look in office equipment [1]?

Chairs
  • Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair
  • Adjust the seat height so your feet can reach the floor and your knees are slightly lower than your hips
  • Make sure your upper and lower back are supported by inflatable cushions or pillows
  • Adjust the armrests so your shoulders are relaxed
  • Keyboards
    1. Position the keyboard directly in front of your body
    2. Adjust the keyboard height so that your shoulders are relaxed and your elbows are in a slightly open position, and wrists and hands are straight
    3. Adjust the tilt of keyboard so to maintain a straight wrist position
    4. Adjust your workstation height if you do not have an adjustable keyboard

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    Monitors
    1. Center the monitor directly in front of you and above the keyboard
    2. Position the top third of the monitor at your eye level
    3. Sit an arm’s length away from the screen
    Breaks
    • Take 5-minute breaks every half an hour
    • Rest your eyes by covering them with palms for 15 seconds
    • Use correct posture when working and keep moving as much as possible

    It is important to set up a safe and comfortable working environment. At Lakeside Chiropractic, our experienced and holistic chiropractors can provide information and resources about setting up a nice and comfy workplace to prevent any body discomfort. If you have any enquiries or would like to book an appointment, feel free to contact one of our friendly staff on 9300 0095 or visit our website at www.lakesidechiro.com.au.

    1. Ergonomics standards and guidelines for computer workstation design and the impact on users’ health – a review: Ergonomics: Vol 59, No 3 (tandfonline.com)

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