Happy New Year!
As it is a New Year, I thought I would cover one of my own New Year’s resolutions, which I often fail to achieve – the correct posture!
Being ergonomically correct when sitting at your computer is very important, if you are not, it will mean certain areas of your body are working harder than they should be to support you. This might not sound very important, but it can lead to back pain, strains and even cause/contribute to Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). As I write this I have just realised I am slouched over my desk, leaning toward my keyboard (which is 30cm away from me), perched on the edge of my chair, with one foot on top of the other, whoops! So before I continue, I will practice what I preach!
I have included a picture with guidelines so you can clearly see how you and your equipment should be positioned.
Obviously some of these options may not be practical, my advice is to try and do as many as you can. A few years ago I went on a training course relating to Ergonomics and we were told to remember that your limbs should always be at right angles starting from your feet, the knee/leg/hip area, arms/elbows, with your back and neck straight.
Ergonomics does not just apply to desktop computers. Using laptops and tablets carry more issues as they are more often used on sofas, in bed etc. This means your body generally has less support, so your muscles have to work harder. I always remember from Biology class, if you hold a glass of water in your right hand, every muscle I your body is working to support and balance the additional weight.
Listen to your body, if it feels uncomfortable, then it is likely to be causing that area of your body some harm. Although the harm is minor, repeating this for certain periods daily could lead to something longer term that may affect other daily activates.
If you have any questions, or need any advice on what measures you can take please get in touch. Ian.