By mgieva • May 12, 2010

Lean back, raise chin & look straight: Proper sitting for computer work

If, like me, you greet your computer first thing in the morning and close it last thing at night, neck spasms must be part of your health concerns. You know, tight muscles in the neck, sore shoulders and sporadic headaches. But since you won't drop computer work, you might want to consider adopting the habits of proper sitting.

With the rise in one's computer usage, postures become especially important to alleviate health problems. While desktops require people to sit in chairs and directly face the monitor, lap tops have changed our postures by letting us work in bed and on the floor. These habits, my healthcare adviser explained recently, cause us to type hunched over for hours. And that is no good.

So, what can we do to alleviate this health concern?

Take a Proper Sitting Position
When working in front of a computer for a long time, sit in a chair facing the monitor. Your head should be straight, the keyboard directly in front of you and the monitor just below your eye level. Make sure your chair offers good support for your lower back.

Perform Rehabilitation Exercises
Consider performing rehabilitation exercises even if you don't yet suffer from neck spasms. For every hour of prolonged sitting, you should do some neck rotation and stretching. Summit Medical Group offers a series of good exercises that can improve your blood circulation and posture.

These are two important ways in which you can alleviate health problems related to computer work. That is, until we start using the SixthSense to do our work and have to adopt new habits.
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