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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.