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The correct body position in front of the computer

By on July 17, 2015

Do you experience dizziness, wrist or back pain from sitting in front of your computer?

  A wrong stance when working desk and especially computer related jobs often leads to some serious health issues. During the day headaches might occur as well as a decrease in your ability to work. However, the most common issues related to a wrong desk position are joints and back pain as well as vision degeneration.

If you want to stop this from happening, here are some useful tips you should follow.

1. Leg position

Avoid sitting on your leg – it leads to a decrease in blood flow that will lead to less blood going towards your brain, thus causing a lack in efficiency. Your legs should be bent at an angle greater than 90 degrees, with your feet placed on the floor or on a special stand.

2. Back position

The back should always be straight but our recommendation is to choose a chair that will take some of the pressure from your spine. Your shoulders should be straight, not bent.

3. Hand position

Your hands should be kept straight with the arm bent at a comfortable angle (90 degrees). Your mouse and keyboard ought to be at a level just below your elbows. If you find it ok to work with, opt for keyboard and mouse pad with hand support.

4. Sight position

If you wish to avoid eye trouble when working behind a computer our best advice is to have your computer in an angle that does not reflect sunlight. You should opt for newer technology monitors and its position should be within an arm’s reach, with the top margin of the screen perpendicular to your field of vision.

Other useful tips

In order for you to achieve maximum working capacity while staying healthy it is important to remember that a few easy exercises can keep you out of harm’s way,

Once every 30 minutes take 15 seconds to look at an object within your reach and then look for 15 seconds at an object outside your office window. This will help loosen up your ocular muscles.

Every hour stretch out your fingers, lift up your hands and move them about.

Every 2-3 hours get up and take a pause, walk for a few minutes, revive your hands and legs.

If possible do this even more often (every hour).

And remember to ALWAYS HYDRATE properly. This will have you going at a high rate while also promoting your metabolism.

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About Laura Parvan

Medical professional, blogging passionate, with a high interest in social media impact on health-care information.

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