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Wellness Center in Denver Discusses How to Comfortably Sit At Work


February 22, 2017

By now, you’ve probably heard of the damage you’re doing to your body by sitting at a desk for eight hours a day. But unfortunately, if you have an office job, there’s not much you can do to prevent sitting for this extended period of time. However, there are ways that you can limit or prevent pain, for example, by positioning your office supplies correctly and ensuring you have the proper equipment. According to Cherry Creek Wellness Center in Denver, office workers should follow these tips:

Keyboard

If your keyboard is not positioned correctly, you could develop painful conditions such as carpal tunnel. Sit in your desk chair and test to see if your keyboard is in the right position. First, slide forward in your chair to make sure you can comfortably fit your knees underneath the slide out keyboard tray or desk. Next, place your hands on the keyboard and pretend you are about to begin typing. Check the alignment of your elbows and forearms. Your elbows should be at an angle of greater than 90 degrees, and your forearms should have a slight tilt.  Now, look at the rest of your body. If you had to raise your shoulders or stretch your arms too far out in order to reach the keyboard, you will need to make adjustments.

Computer Monitor

The proper positioning of your computer monitor can help you prevent neck strain caused by leaning forward to get a closer look at your screen. The monitor should be directly in front of you so you never have to twist your neck to see it clearly. You should also test its position to make sure you are not tilting your head upwards or downwards in order to read items on the screen. To make sure your monitor is far enough away from you, hold your arm out in front of you. The monitor should sit about 20 to 26 inches away, which is about the length of your arm. Learn more about how to sit at a computer to prevent pain.

Computer Mouse

When using a mouse with your desktop computer, make sure you are controlling the movements through your elbow instead of your wrist, which should be kept straight at all times. Try not to use a mouse that has a curved design, as this can throw off the alignment of your wrist. Although wrist rests are designed to prevent pain, research has shown they can actually put more pressure on the wrist. Avoid using these wrist rests and focus on keeping your wrists aligned and controlling the movements with your elbow instead.

Are you feeling aches and pains after a long day of sitting at a desk job? At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we’re devoted to helping patients of all ages recover from injuries and strengthen their bodies in a safe way. Are you interested in learning more about our services?  Contact us today by calling 303-333-3493 to talk to a member of our helpful staff!