There is no other device that changed our lives like computers. The growth of computers and related technologies has been so unprecedented that, it has found a place in every aspect of human life. Computers have become so inevitable part of our lives that we need to use it for various purposes – be it for fun, work, relaxation or money, people use this device so widely.
Since we are spending long hours and sitting in front of computer everyday, have you ever notice that the positioning of your body in front of computer is set correctly or not? Which means a comfortable working posture with a natural alignment of all your joints from head to toes – the right neutral positioning helps you reduce the stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system thus reducing the risks of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD).
If you are a person who would like to maintain neutral body postures while working at the computer workstation, here are the things you need to keep in mind:
* Ensure that your hands, wrists, and forearms are in a row, straight, and almost parallel to the floor.
* Ensure that your head and torso are in-line with head slightly bent forward, facing towards the front, and balanced.
* Ensure that your shoulders are at ease with upper arms hanging normally at the sides of your body.
* Ensure that your elbows are close to your body and bent between 90 and 110 degrees.
* The feet should be either supported by a footrest or should be relaxing on the floor.
* While leaning back or sitting in a vertical position, ensure that your back is supported fully with firm hold on the lumbosacral area.
* Your seat should be well padded in order to support your hips and thighs.
* Ensure that your knees and hips are in almost the same height with your feet slightly forward.
Even though you are positioned in the best of the postures at your workstation, it is not healthy to continue in that posture for long hours. It is ideal to change your position every now and then.
Here are some tips to reduce your strain from continuing in the same posture in front of your computer.
* Your chair and backrest have to be adjusted at regular intervals.
* Your fingers, hands, arms, and torso need to be stretched periodically.
* You need to stand up, stretch your back muscles, and stroll around for a few minutes now and again.
See, living carelessly is the easiest thing to do, but it could be the most dangerous thing too. If you take some precautions, it can be the foundation for a healthy living in the later of your life. Remember that all the computers related hazards are not going to hamper your life in a very short span of time, but it may take years to show the symptoms.