Physiotherapy and Computer use in the home
“Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well” – J. Gardener
Computers are now being used by many people in their homes. Poor posture is when using your home Pc may lead to discomfort. This information is intended to help you set up your pc at home to prevent aches and pains. First select your chair as kitchen or dining room chair is not suitable to use an adjustable high chair with adjustable arm rests or no arm rests at all.
• Sit well back into your chair so your lower back is supported
• Adjust your seat height so your shoulders are relaxed and your elbows are at a right angle while you’re typing
• The screen should be directly in front of you about arm’s length away, adjust the height of the screen to fit a comfortable neck position
• The keyboard and mouse should be in front of the screen beside each other and keep your arm supported when using the mouse.
If you are using a laptop remember laptops are NOT intended for prolonged use because the screen and keyboard are fixed together. The keyboard is small and this could lead to uncomfortable postures overtime.
• Use a laptop stand with an external keyboard and mouse these devices are reasonably priced and are readily available in most computer shops
• When carrying your laptop use a backpack or wheeled trolley most importantly TAKE BREAKS. It is best to take breaks from your screen before fatigue sets in short frequent breaks are best
• Vary your position stand up and stretch at least every hour
• Look away from the screen frequently
• Listen to your body and pace yourself this will reduce muscle tension and allow time for your eyes to rest