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Best Ergonomics and Comfort When Using a Computer Desk

Learn how to keep your joints and muscles healthier and more relaxed while sitting at your computer desk.


Ergonomics is a fancy word for the science of keeping people comfortable and efficient while they work. It involves looking at how an object, such as a chair or a computer desk, is designed so that it's both effective and comfortable for the person using it.

Here are some ergonomic and posture tips that I use at my home computer station to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, neck pain, and back injuries:

  • Keep the monitor eye level and directly in front of you

  • Use a chair with an adjustable height and back that fits you properly.

  • Don't reach too far for the mouse. Keep it at a comfortable distance.

  • Choose a computer mouse that fits your hand properly and isn't too large or wide.

  • Select a comfortable wrist-rest for your mouse hand.

  • When on the phone for more than 15 minutes, use a headset or other hands-free device.

  • Get up and move around every hour or so. Even if only for a few seconds.

  • If you tend to carry a lot of tension in your lower neck and across your shoulders, consider purchasing a keypad that is split or contoured.

  • Take a break if you begin to feel neck pain, wrist pain, or a backache.

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