Do you suffer from neck pain?

A lot of people complain of suffering with neck pain when typing or keying in data on their PC and naturally tend to blame their Office Chair.

Whilst the chair may very well be to blame, it doesn’t necessarily follow that your Office Seat is at fault.

Frequently, neck and back pain can occur due to poor posture and seating position. We have a tendency to crane our neck and face forward from our swivel chair towards the screen without realising it.

Also, people tend to sit in a particular way in their Office Chair that frequently results in poor posture. For example, if you have written several pages of notes or have some other copy that you need to key in to your PC, take a moment to observe the way you are sitting in your chair. When typing from written notes or information do you tend to always place them on one side of you? Are you frequently looking down at them?

If you are doing some or all of the above here’s how you can help yourself.

First, make sure that your chair is positioned correctly so that you are square on to your monitor and can read the screen’s contents comfortably without straining. Position your Office Chair such that your eyes are level with the top half of your screen and between 18 – 24 inches away without craning your neck forward, let it rest naturally on your shoulders.

Second, if you are copy typing then get a good copy holder and move it frequently from your left to your right, at least at five minute intervals. This will minimise the risk of adopting a poor seating position without realising it.

So before buying that new Office Chair try the above tips and see if it helps as your old chair might be fine. I’ll come back to this topic in my next post with some further tips.

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