Optimize your performance and prevent computer-related injuries with
Healthy Computing Email Tips. Each week we provide hints to help you stay
healthier while working.
Incorrect working positions increase the risk of stress and strain on the
muscles, tendons, and skeletal system while computing. To maintain health
and reduce your risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders, place
yourself in GOOD WORKING POSITIONS.
How to Place Yourself in Good Working Positions*
Do the following to maintain neutral body postures--comfortable working
posture in which your joints are naturally aligned--while working at the
- Hands, wrists, and forearms are straight, in-line and roughly parallel
to the floor.
- Head is level, or bent slightly forward, forward facing, and balanced.
Generally it is in-line with the torso.
- Shoulders are relaxed and upper arms hang normally at the side of the
- Elbows stay in close to the body and are bent between 90 and 120
- Feet are fully supported by floor or footrest.
- Back is fully supported with appropriate lumbar support when sitting
vertical or leaning back slightly.
- Thighs and hips are supported by a well-padded seat and generally
parallel to the floor.
vKnees are about the same height as the hips with the feet slightly
Working in the same posture or sitting still for prolonged periods is not
healthy. You should change your working position frequently throughout the
day in the following ways:
- Make small adjustments to your chair or backrest.
- Stretch your fingers, hands, arms, and torso.
- Periodically, stand up and walk around for a few minutes.