05 Oct Ergonomics – Are You Working Naturally?
The term “ergonomics” is derived from the two Greek words: “ergon”, meaning work and “nomoi” meaning natural laws. Essentially, to work ergonomically would mean to work naturally.
Not working ergonomically can have a serious detriment on physical health and can lead to a variety of health issues.
Let us show you some easy ways you can work towards working more naturally.
Picking The Right Chair
While not one chair is the best, there are a few things to look out for.
The first, being seat height. The correct chair should be adjustable in height, allowing the user to still have their feet flat on the floor.
Secondly, is width and depth. The seat should have enough width and depth to support the user. There needs to be enough depth so that the user can sit flush with the back rest and still leave roughly 2-4 inches between the back of the knees and the seat.
Lastly and most importantly, lumbar support. Lower back support is most essential in any chair. The spine has an inward curve, meaning sitting for long periods of time without support for this curve can lead to slouching and straining of structures in the lower spine.
Picking The Right Desk
Where the magic happens!
Whilst there are number of things you could do to improve your workspace, these few will get you started.
Distance – if your screen is too far away, you will start to “turtle” which essentially, means craning your neck. To find your sweet spot, sit flat in your seat and extend your arm. If your middle finger touches your screen, eureka, you’ve found your sweet spot!
Height – an easy way to find out if your height is correct, close your eyes, look straight ahead and open them. If your eyes don’t land where your address bar is, adjust accordingly.
Height – Position your keyboard 1 to 2 inches above your thighs. For most people, that probably means employing a pull-out keyboard tray. Alternatively, you can lower your desk, but the keyboard tray is a preferred method.
Position – Ideally, your keyboard and mouse should be shoulder-distance apart and as level as possible.