Most companies have at least some staff that sit front of a computer all day. While the job is low-impact and the likelihood of severe injuries is slim, sitting in front of a computer all day long can have detrimental effects, particularly if the employee has a bad posture.
Proper ergonomic form can prevent a host of injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as degenerative lower- and upper-back problems.
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 and reduces the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder.
Maintaining a neutral workstation posture
The following are important considerations when attempting to maintain a neutral body posture while sitting at a workstation:
Regardless of how good an employee’s working posture is, working in the same posture or sitting still for prolonged periods is not healthy. Changing position frequently throughout the day can help:
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