If you’re like me, you probably spend way too much time in front of a computer. Stretching is sometimes a fleeting thought - especially when “in the creative zone”. Proper ergonomic work space can save you, as physical injuries are kept minimal. If you suffer from work-related pain, you need to consider a few things.
Your chair fit
If your chair isn’t the right fit – you need to find one that fits you. If you don’t sit correctly everything else suffers. It’s important that both the chair seat and back adjust independently of one another.
When you sit in a chair, you want your knees at the same height as your hips, or slightly below. Have your feet planted firmly on the floor, preferably at a 90°. For proper chair fit and set up, check the following:
Your arm and wrist position
To prevent repetitive stress or carpel tunnel injuries, do the following:
Mouse and drawing tablet position
Position your mouse or graphic drawing tablet so you don’t have to reach for them. Avoid having your elbow move from under your shoulder. Avoid having your forearm/ hand moving outside of your shoulder width - to avoid physical stress.
Ensure your mouse fits your hand properly.
If you have the budget, consider exploring some of the other available options found at specialty ergonomic stores such as Ergo Canada and Workrite Ergonomics.