If you spend a fair bit of time sitting at a computer, chances are you have at some stage experienced pain or discomfort somewhere in your body. I know it’s happened to me. It could be your neck, shoulders, back, legs, in fact anywhere.
Investing in a quality office chair is important and if you learn to type correctly you could be spending less time at your workstation, which is a good thing.
Some Do’s and Don’ts at your Workstation that may help neck/shoulder/upper back discomfort
- Do try and keep your eyes vertical with the computer screen and any reading material
- Don’t hold you phone between your shoulder and ear
- Do use a headset or your non-mouse hand when you are on the phone
- Do use the back rest on your chair and don’t spend long periods leaning forward
- Don’t sit for long periods without stretching – or better still getting up for a while
Some Do’s and Don’ts that may help hand/wrist discomfort
- Do learn to type correctly
- Don’t allow wrists and fingers to get into unnatural positions while using the keyboard
- Don’t use excessive force while typing
More Do’s and Don’ts that may help lower back discomfort while at your Workstation
- Do make sure you adjust the back rest on your chair to support your lower back
- Don’t slide your bottom forward on your chair
- Don’t sit in one position for too long
- Do change posture, stretch and leave your chair at regular intervals
Some Do’s and Don’ts that may help leg/ankle/knee discomfort
- Don’t have your chair too high and have legs dangling
- Don’t have your chair too low with legs tucked under your chair
- Don’t cross your legs
- Do use a foot rest if it helps support your legs and gets you in a good position
- Do position yourself on your chair so you sit tall with your chest out
In the next part of Learn to Type Ergonomically I’ll be writing more about the workstation hardware – the computer, chair, keyboard, telephone, documents and mouse.
Until next time, why not learn to type and start spending less time at your workstation. Keyboard Genius can show you how.