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Computer Posture

Most people sit at their computer desk for 8 hours or more every single day. Seeing as we are spending such a long time sitting and staring at the computer, it is imperative to have a proper setup. Poor posture at the computer can cause lower back pain, hip pain, thoracic pain, upper back and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches just to name a few.

What can you do about reducing these issues you ask? Well the solution is seemingly simple, but it's about breaking some bad habits and possibly attaining some aids like document holders and a footrest if needed and appropriate.

When setting up your desk it is important to be aware of the following:

  • Chair height - are your feet touching the ground, knees at a 90 degree angle and thighs parallel with the ground?
  • Monitor height - are you looking straight ahead, eye level with the monitor?
  • Distance of keyboard and mouse away from the edge of the table - are you having to stretch forward to reach the keyboard?
  • Leg positioning - are your legs straight out in front of you?

Other things to keep in mind are whether your chair has arm rests or not, and if you're using a laptop with inbuilt keyboard and mouse, how far you are sitting from the desk? All these things play a major part in your posture and possible pain felt when sitting at a desk all day. Simple things like crossing your legs and wearing your wallet in your back pocket can also contribute to your pain.

If you would like more advice on your computer setup please don't hesitate to contact one of the staff at Recover Sports Medicine on 1300 858 774, or email contact@recoversportsmed.com.au for an assessment tailored to you.

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