Are You Aware Of How You Are Sitting In Your Office Chair?

If you study people’s postures when you are out and about you will often find it’s easy to spot those who work at a PC all day.

They are the ones who often carry a certain stiffness in the neck and shoulders as well as restricted lateral movement. The most common cause of this is usually poor positioning relative the desk and VDU screen and also not taking sufficient breaks during the day's work.

Whilst these symptoms are often easy to spot in others, they aren't so obvious in ourselves and it's only when we stand in front of a mirror we begin to see we are burdened by the same problems. Although shoulder and neck pain act as a timely reminder from our body that something we are doing is not helping our body's well-being and comfort.

So how do we become more aware of how we are sitting and what can be done to correct bad habits?

Assuming you have your office chair properly adjusted next make sure you are addressing your workspace correctly. Key to this is the relationship between you and your monitor ensuring you are properly set up.

Here are some vital points:

Screen Height – your eyes need to be set at or slightly below the topmost menu bar on you screen.

Screen Angle – monitor should be angled slightly backwards such that your line of site is square to it.

Screen Alignment – body, keyboard and monitor should be centered together. Imagine a line starting from your nose through the middle of your keyboard's spacebar and finishing in the center of your screen.

Screen Distance – as a broad rule of thumb the screen should be approximately an arm's length away. This will vary from user to user depending on eye sight and body size, make sure you can clearly read on screen text clearly while keeping your back in good contact and supported by your chair back, avoiding leaning forward.

Although it's probably easier to set up a flat panel monitor than an old bulky CRT monitor it still isn't always easy to get things just right. An LCD monitor maybe a lot lighter nonetheless it's still a lump of equipment sitting on your desk which will rarely be moved allowing bad posture habits to set in.

Screen height can be particularly awkward with the stand height often being fixed and frequently too low. You can improvise and build it up with books however it doesn't look very pretty.

The best answer is to invest in an LCD monitor arm, the design and flexibility of modern VDU arms allows us to position our screen very precisely, fine tuning it until finding perfect positioning.

There are additional benefits as well, when you need clear desk space to carry out other tasks, or you want to discuss something you have on screen with a colleague or visitor, an LCD monitor arm allows effortless movement of the screen to where it needs to be.

I'll return to this topic in a future post to look into further ways of helping posture and comfort in the office.


Computer Monitor Arms Enhance Working More Efficiently In The Office

It is surprising how a fixed monitor position can affect a person's working comfort and general office productivity.

Most of us set up our VDU screen when we first get it for what appears to be the best position for using it when sitting in an office chair typing or reading online content.

There's nothing wrong with that, however, when we want to do something different, maybe hand write a report or study printed matter where we need an area of desk space to lay things out, our computer screen can often be in exactly the wrong place.

This is where a monitor arm can be really useful, the latest ones are generally supported on a round tubular pillar attached to the rear of the desk onto which is clamped an articulated arm.

Good ones allow a huge range of adjustment letting us pull our monitor in closer or vary its height and best of all simply push it out of the way when a clear desk is needed and pull it back in when we're ready to use it again.

All these movements are pretty much effortless because modern arms are carefully engineered and designed to make moving your screen really easy.

And for increasing numbers of users who have two monitors in use at once a dual arm monitor support will make a big difference to how you work as you are able to pull in whichever screen you are working on at the time.

For serious monitor addicts multiple arm arrays are available to handle 3 or 4 monitors if the need arises.

This article takes a look at some of the popular choices of monitor arm which are available to help make you work more comfortably and efficiently.

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