Office Ergonomics – Be Comfortable at Your Computer

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Do you ever get a back ache or neck ache from being on the computer for to long? How about your hands, arms and maybe your feet, do they tend to ache as well? More than likely you are not siting properly buy it can be a very quick fix. Just apply simple simple ergonomics to your posture and you will be feeling a lot better.

Recently I went through a huge ergonomics upgrade myself. I purchased a laptop stand that sit my laptop sits on at a tilt. Allows me to have a full visual of it in addition to easily plug in all my different chords. As well as a laptop stand, I purchased a stand for my monitor as well. I have the hardest time working without two different screens so I made sure that I accompanied both. Now that both the screen are sitting at my eye level I do not need to move my neck very often at an angle to look down at my screens.

In addition to the stands I have a keyboard and mouse at my hand level, rather than high up on the desk or low on my lap. This allows me to not only type faster but I am very comfortable while working.

Office Ergonomics At It’s Best

The best investment though that I have made in my work space is my computer chair. I have probably gone through about 2 or 3 of them in the past 5 years and the reason is because each of them really messed my lower back up. None of them had proper support, they were either too soft, too hard or were cheap plastic. I started to have severe back pain recently so I finally gave in and purchased a Tempur-Pedic office chair. It is literally the best investment I have ever made for my office. Instantly I felt relief and noticed that I can work for longer periods of time without having to force myself to reposition myself.

Here is a link to the chair I purchased (not affiliate): Tempur-Pedic® TP9000

Yes the chair was $300 but as i said it was the best INVESTMENT I have ever made for my work space.

If you do not have the time to purchase stands, keyboards, chairs and what not; at least do yourself a favor and watch this video below to see how you can quickly make some changes in your posture with pillows and books.

Laptop Ergonomics – Basic Tips 

Video by: Vodaphone UK

Is there anything that you do in particular that helps you?

With just some simple adjustments or investments, you can be on your way to working comfort!

Til’ Next time,

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Kyle Nelson

21 Responses to Office Ergonomics – Be Comfortable at Your Computer

  1. Siphosith says:

    I liked the tips that you gave. I mostly use a laptop and I sometimes find that I have pain on my arms. I will now check my posture when working. Thanks for sharing Kyle.
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  2. Sue Bride says:

    Apart from when I’m watching movies and TV shows loaded onto a lap top connected to the TV I always sit at my desk, using my desktop, because of back problems I used to have. I too invested in a good chair a few years ago and use a sheepskin “rug” which keeps it clean and me cooler in summer. It’s snuggly in winter too.

    I also use a Logitech ergonomic keyboard with padded wrist rest and a mouse pad with a wrist rest. I have small hands so use a small mouse. I started getting pains in my thumb and bought a magnetic ring which worked wonders. My other half bought me a monitor stand that fits on the back of the desk and has arms that move to get the height and angle right.

    I’m pleased you’ve posted this Kyle, you are likely saving people from pain, now and in the future.
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    • Kyle Nelson says:

      Hey Sue — Sounds like you got some great additions to your set-up. I to had the Logitech keyboard i think you are talking about but ended up changing to a mac keyboard when i bought my macbook pro because the difference from going from the laptop keyboard to the logitech was messing up my typing haha. The sheepskin rug sounds very nice and comfy and had made me tempted to look into that. I get really cold sometimes when I work. Thanks for the feedback :)

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  4. Kyle,

    Thanks so much for the video and great information on investing in the right chairs and equipment when working on your computer. I have a padded wrist rest for my mouse and a comfortable chair with a special pillow that really helps me. I still have to remind myself to not slouch and to get up and take frequent breaks to move when I work on the computer. I will have to consider getting a Tempur-Pedic when this one wears out.
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  5. Hello Kyle, Looks like I learned a new word here today “Ergonomics” I to have a problem with my back and my leags when I sit to long and now I have a few super tips to help me correct my posture.

    I do like to stand and have set up some blocking on my bar to make this possible, I get tired of just sitting all the time.

    Also I read a blog post that told me sitting was as bad as smoking and I got rid of that habit..

    Thanks for sharing!! have a Great Thanksgiving My Friend! Chery :))
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  6. I slouch when I sit, which is NOT good. I also need to put my laptop up on a stand. I have a decent office chair, but it doesn’t go low enough for my laptop to be at eye-level. And that contributes to my slouching.
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  7. Mark says:

    Thanks for sharing these extremely practical tips Kyle!

    As I watched the video, I started to nod my head in agreement! I have definitely been making several common sense mistakes with regard to the proper posture!

    And I’m sure the Tempur- Pedic chair you bought was definitely one of you best office investments ever, as you mentioned!

    Because being comfortable certainly goes a long way in help us reach maximum efficiency!

    Thank for sharing some really simple, but extremely practical tips!
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  8. Kyle,
    In my work I use a type of mind body therapy that includes awareness of body alignment. Although I know how to sit in best alignment, when I am focusing on the internet and typing my blogs and comments I often forget my body position. And after sitting for a long time, sometimes more than one hour, my body hurts. So finally, I get up and move around and stretch.
    The computer has certainly not added to our physical health. Awhile back I wrote a blog about the negative effects of sitting too long. And it reminded us that working out is best when started early in the day.
    Warmly,
    Dr. Erica
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  9. Zach says:

    I, too have been through a lot of office chairs. It took me a while to find the one I really liked, but it makes a difference. When you’re sitting in the same place for so long every day, you can’t really afford not to have one that is ergonomic.
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  10. Heather says:

    I know that my ergonomics are AWFUL for my office space. I need to get a stability ball again. I used that for a long time many years ago. I got rid of it when I started working in my recliner. Now that I am back at the desk, I need to get everything re-set up.
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  11. This is great!

    I find myself adjusting every 20 minutes. After reading your tips. I made adjustments to my chair, desk and arm reach. That was no easy job!

    My neck and back feels amazing. I have less leg problems and no more lack of consistent typing. Love It!

    Thank you for help me, and all your readers. Getting stands next week on order now!
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  12. Hi Kyle. I really think ergonomics is so important. If we’re sitting correctly and have our desks and monitors at the right height, I really do believe it can help our overall health. It may not only reduce strain on our body, but also help our body’s natural energy flow much better and perhaps affect how well we think and feel as well.

    Thanks for the useful tips! By the way, I loved the video. I’m going to share that with my kids so they have a good visual to refer to. (My saying sit up straight only works so much! :))
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  13. Kyle, never thought to laugh with the video. I guess you reflect on times it was your situation. Well done!

    These tips are priceless. I often find myself in a position that cost me dearly. Plus, adding to my already back issues. You made it possible for me to realize to keep a picture of bad habits in front of my office desk. That way I can reflect by visual which is the best.

    Thank you so much for caring.
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  14. Hi Kyle,

    I usually wake up earlier and exercise before I begin work, try to take a walk mid-day AND I use a standing desk while I am working. I stand probably 35 percent of the time. Any additional movement will help you manage stress and live a healthier life.
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  15. Hi Kyle, I love that video! When PCs first became popular, I worked in a govt dept and there was lots of stress on ergonomic furniture. After so many claims from typists in the past, it was within their best interests to make sure the staff were looked after. I’ve noticed over the last 10 years or so, there are not many computer desks that have an adjustable function – that’s one thing I love about the desk I have.

    The worse thing I’ve found about working with a computer for hours, is my “mouse fingers”. Both my pointer fingers have enlarged joints (the ones closest to the nail) from clicking on the mouse or dragging the mouse for images. In the last few years I’ve found ways to avoid doing that, but I really wish there was some way to avoid using the mouse altogether!
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  16. Zach says:

    I can’t undersell the importance of a good chair. And in my experience, there is very little correlation between price and ergonomic comfort. I have had to try a bunch of different chairs to find the right one, and it wasn’t the most expensive one that worked the best.
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  17. Nile says:

    I’ve got my desktop and then my laptop. Usually I won’t use my laptop at my desk. I’ll go sit on the couch, back straight and sitting Indian-style, pull up a fold up table and work from there. It does well keeping me comfy and my posture straight.

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