By Dr. Jonathan Schaller
As a nation we are spending more time at our computers, both at work and at home. Recent studies show the average American uses a computer almost 15 hours per week, making good ergonomic design essential.
Following are factors to consider when setting up your computer work stations:
If you experience pain or stiffness from prolonged use of the computer, consult your doctor of chiropractic for safe, effective, scientifically-based treatment.
- Choose a chair with firm support in the lumbar (low back) region. The best position is 100 – 110 degrees of seat back tilt.
- Sit with your feet flat on the floor. Don't let your feet dangle in the air or rest on the legs of the chair. Shorter people may need a block of wood or short stool to rest their feet on.
- The angle of the keyboard should allow you to type with your wrists in a neutral position. The monitor should be at a height that doesn't cause you to tilt your head up, or bend your neck down.
- If working long hours, take frequent rest breaks to stretch your muscles and allow your eyes to relax by refocusing on something other than the monitor.
Jonathan Schaller is a Doctor of Chiropractic practicing at Hamilton Chiropractic Health Center. Please address questions for him to: 23 Broad St. Hamilton, NY 13346 or call (315) 824.2504.