Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Computers and tablets are an essential part of our lives, whether for work or pleasure we do spend a lot of our time sitting or slumped in front of them. It’s great news for osteopaths as we treat lots of tense shoulders and headaches, and even pins and needles in the hands. It may reduce our income but we still want you to manage how you sit to prevent these aches and pains.
Here are some tips: –
- First of all sit on a chair with your back supported, your feet flat on the floor and knees at 90 degrees.
- The desk/table should low enough or the chair high enough so that your arms will rest as though they are hanging from your shoulders (elbows are nearer 120 degrees than at 90 degrees). If your shoulders are raised at all the top of your shoulders will ache, that means that the table is too high or the chair too low. If your feet are no longer flat on the floor use a box or footrest to raise them up again.
- The monitor or screen should be high enough that you are not looking down to it and not too close (hold your arms out in front of you and the screen should be as far away as your fingertips). Worth investing in a laptop stand and separate keyboard so you aren’t always looking down at the screen.
- Holding a tablet computer e.g. an iPad too low, say on the lap, forces the neck to bend forward too much, straining the neck, also holding it in one hand for a long time can also often give you achy shoulders. Simply placing a tablet on a table propped at an angle in a tablet case can reduce neck and shoulder strain and potential pain.
- Regularly changing position when using tablets and computers will also reduce the strain on the neck and shoulders as well as helping your back.
Finally, don’t leave it too long before coming to see your osteopath and suffering persistent headaches and pins and needles in the hands.