Improve Your Workspace Ergonomics
By Sara Butler
A majority of people sit behind a desk and work on a computer screen all day. That makes it even more important to ensure you have a workspace that is back-, neck-, and body-friendly! Chiropractors want you to make a few small and simple changes to your workstation in order to support a healthy spine and better overall health and wellness. Here are a few tips you need to know!
Be Choosey with Your Chair
You spend a lot of time sitting in your chair, so it’s important to have a chair that will support your body properly. That means it should be adjustable, have a comfortable cushion, the ability to swivel from side to side, and offer arm support. You also want to help your chair help you by setting a reminder on your calendar or on your phone to get up at least once an hour to move around, stretch, and change position.
If you work on a computer for any amount of time, then there are some things you can do with the screen to encourage a healthy neck and back. Make sure it’s sitting at eye level. You shouldn’t have to tilt your head up for down to look at the screen. If you have a laptop you do most of your work on, then buy a special stand that places the screen at eye level or simply get some books to set it on (as a short-term solution).
Your mouse and keyboard should be ergonomically designed. If they’re not, then consider replacing them. After all, you spend hours resting your hands on the keyboard or moving the mouse, so comfort is paramount to avoid problems with your wrists and hands in the future.
If you’re able, try to create a standing desk you can spend a little bit of time at each day. Standing up can help improve your posture and give your lower back a break from the strain of sitting.
Creating an ergonomic workspace is important. You must find a way to make what you do all day a boon to your health instead of a detractor. If you need more ideas about workplace ergonomics, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint! They can set you straight on your workstation and how it can contribute to your overall health and wellness.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Magnolia, Tex.