If you suffer from low back pain, neck pain, headaches or other discomforts in your daily life, it might be time to take a look at how your desk is set-up. An improperly arranged work environment can strain your eyes, muscles and spine.
Here are 3 steps for creating an ergonomic workspace:
1. Adjust your chair. Your office chair should support you at the right level relative to your desk and to the floor. You should be able to keep your feet flat on the floor, and your knees should come slightly above hip level. The seat cushion should promote a straight posture instead of forcing you to slouch or stoop, which can cause low back pain or neck pain.
2. Adjust your monitor. An ergonomic desktop includes a computer monitor positioned at least 20 inches away from eyes will help prevent eyestrain. If you have trouble reading text from that distance, adjust the font sizes accordingly.
3. Position desktop items close by. Keep commonly used items close at hand so you do not have to bend or reach every time you need access to them. Make sure your chair height allows you to use your mouse without your arm or wrist pressing against the edge of the desk, because this posture can lead to nerve impingement and contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. If your desk has a sharp angle that contributes to this problem, purchase a padded wrist rest or add a padded liner to the edge of the desk to ease the pressure of typing or using the mouse.
If you have spent too many hours laboring away at an ergonomically-challenged desk, our Detroit chiropractor at Eisman Chiropractic Clinic can help. We can prescribe the right combination of adjustments, massage, exercise and maintenance visits to provide back pain relief and restore your muscles and nerves to their proper working order.
What steps do you take to create a comfortable work environment?