Incorrect posture at work can lead to many problems including neck pain, back pain and headaches. It is vitally important that if you work a desk job where you will be sitting in front of a computer for long hours during the day that you get the workstation set up correctly.
Important points to set up your workstation:
Sit in front of your workstation such that your monitor is directly in front of you.
Your arms should be at right angles from your shoulders when you type.
Your keyboard should be flat.
The top of your monitor should be level with your eyes.
Do not sit too close to your monitor – at least an arms length away.
Ensure your seat is properly adjusted.
Your lower legs should be at right angles to your thighs
If your feet don’t reach the ground, use a footrest.
Do not reach too far for your mouse, keep it close to your keyboard and support your arm on the desk when using your mouse.
Use a document holder attached to the side of the monitor.
Take regular breaks every hour, stretch your legs and do some simple neck and back movements. Walk around for a few minutes.
Headaches are a very common complaint and are treated by physiotherapists regularly. There are many forms of headaches including tension, cervicogenic, cluster, vascular and migraines. People will often use medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease symptoms of headaches and this can be effective. However if symptoms persist an assessment and treatment by one … Read More