To understand the best way to set up a computer workstation, it is helpful to understand the concept of neutral body positioning. This is a comfortable working posture in which your joints are naturally aligned. Working with the body in a neutral position reduces stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system. It also reduces your risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder.
The following are important considerations when attempting to maintain neutral body postures while working at the computer workstation:
The image below illustrates the difference between an incorrect sitting position and a proper neutral body position. Notice how the spine and joints are aligned in the correct sitting position.
Regardless of how good your working posture is, sitting or standing still in the same posture for prolonged periods is not healthy. Get up and frequently move throughout the day and practice safe stretching exercises often:
Hours spent working on a computer can take a toll on our bodies. Setting up an ergonomic workstation and maintaining a neutral body posture can help offset this toll. For assistance on creating an ergonomic work environment, please contact any member of the CTSI Loss Control Team at 303 861 0507.
A PDF of this Technical Update is available here.
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