Good Computer Posture: Your checklist
- Maintain good posture – check these items:-
- Adjustable height seat
- Lumber support
- Screen at arms length
- Top of screen no higher than your eyes
- Wrists should be in line with your forearm and hand, not at an angle, when using keyboard and mouse
- Upper arm should be by your side and your inner elbow should be just about touching your side. Your forearm should be near horizontal and directly in front of your side. Numeric and function keypads on keyboards make this difficult to achieve and the tensed twisted arm posture is a major cause of RSI conditions.
This is why we strongly recommend a vertical ergonomic mouse and compact ergonomic keyboard.
- Many people slouch unconsciously. Ask people to check you when you’re not aware.
- Don’t maintain any fixed posture for long periods. You need to move your body around a bit to exercise your tendons. Perhaps deliberately place things you use a lot too far away from your desk so that you have to stand up to use them.
- Other tools and aids relevant to computer posture RSI conditions generally are below. :
- Vibration and massage therapy can bring fast relief to RSI pain caused by tight muscles.
- A telephone headset eliminates the strain placed on your neck, shoulder and arm, particularly if you hold a handset between your cheek and shoulder.
- Software that types for you gives the wrists, arm, elbow and neck a rest through being able to dictate emails, reports etc.