Tips for Creating A Healthy Work Environment and Office Setup

Achy backs, carpal tunnel, and a neck that feels crooked, these are common complaints of almost all desk job holders and office workers.  We often sacrifice our bodies in the name of work, but not any longer.  Not for one more day should you leave work feeling as if you’ve been run over by a truck. If you are looking to personalize a new workspace, or just want to revamp an old one, here are some insightful pointers to guide you towards a hale and hearty workspace.

Always Start With Where You Sit

The first and most important choice is your chair.  With so many choices, it’s sometimes hard to know which the right choice is.  The unbeatable selection is an adjustable chair with lumbar support.  There are many companies offering a wide selection of both ergonomic adjustable chairs and desks with adjustable height settings.  You can also find a vast assortment of styles, colors and finishes to suit any personal style.

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Once you have decided on style preference, you should customize your new furniture for your height.  Starting with your chair at its highest point, lower it until your feet are comfortably flat on the floor and the back of your knees create a 90-degree angle, shorter people should use a footrest.  Your desk should be adjusted so that when you are typing, the bend in your elbow creates a 90-120 degree angle.  You should place your monitor roughly an arm’s length away and make sure it is eye level.  Attaching a document holder on either side of your screen at eye level helps tremendously to reduce eye, neck and back strain.

Keyboard & Mouse Questions?  Ergonomic Is Always the Answer

Placing your keyboard flat and at, or just below elbow level is ideal.  This aids you in keeping a minimal bend in the wrist while typing which helps reduce wrist strain.  Always remember, curve your fingers, not your wrists.  A beneficial alternative to a traditional key board is a split key zone design paired with an ergonomic mouse, which is shaped to mimic the hands natural curve during use.  Microsoft has a plethora of choices of both items available at various prices

Posture Is Key

Ergonomists across the board agree there is no one single fixed position you should sit in while working.  However, there are a few basic points you should be sure you include in your routine.  Keep your hips, elbows and knees at slightly open angles, and most importantly sit completely erect, nor lean forward, be loose and comfortable.  Keep your thighs parallel with the floor and recline just slightly.  Rest your feet on the floor or foot rest and avoid pressure points.  Uncomfortable pressure (e.g., on the back of your knees) can obstruct blood flow.  Most essential is to make sure you get up from your workspace and move around approximately every 20 minutes.  Remember, slightly altering your posture throughout the day is healthy and recommended.

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If you utilize the crucial aspects of finding proper furniture, using suitable electronics and ensuring their proper heights and distances, and maintaining good posture habits, at the end of the day you’ll save yourself a fortune in chiropractic bills.

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