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Healthy Hints - Sitting Posture

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The correct sitting position can avoid back, neck and shoulder problems.  General advice is for finding a posture that's comfortable while not putting any undue strain on any particular part of the body.  Things to consider are:

  • The height and position of the computer monitor should not require you to hold your head or body at an awkward angle.
  • A document holder may avoid awkward movements or positions.
  • Keeping regularly used items close to hand.
  • An adjustable chair offers different options for back support, height of the arms in relation to the desk and angle of the legs to the floor.
  • A footrest may alleviate undue pressure from the edge of your seat.
  • Not staying in the same position for long periods.

For a range of more specific advice of computing postures, see the external links at the bottom of this page.

The information displayed here should not be considered as official advice but is rather a generalization of recommendations from around the World.
IMPORTANT: If you feel that you may be experiencing any health issues you should always seek advice from a health professional such as a doctor or optician.
Laptop Users

Laptop Users

Particular attention should be paid for when a laptop or netbook is used for long periods as it may be difficult to maintain the correct posture, especially if used on your lap.  However, hardware is available that can help:

  • A USB mouse can usually be plugged in to offer a more comfortable position.
  • A USB keyboard can usually be plugged in allow the laptop device to be placed at a higher level to avoid neck strain.
  • A separate monitor can usually be plugged in allowing flexibility of position between the display and laptop keyboard.
  • A laptop docking-station is usually recommended if the laptop is used for long durations at work as this can facility the connection of the above devices more quickly.
Dual Monitors

Dual Monitors

If you have a secondary monitor positioned to one side, be aware of whether its causes you to hold an awkward sitting posture.  Also, try to only use the display for information only windows that require little to no keyboard interaction.  Otherwise, if you find yourself twisting your body from the keyboard for long periods, you may start experiencing muscle pain or spasms.

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