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What Is the Correct Computer Posture?

Improper computer posture can eventually cause varicose veins.
A twisted, asymmetrical posture can cause spinal problems.
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The correct computer posture is the position in which a person can sit comfortably at a computer without putting unnecessary strain on any part of the body, which could lead to chronic pain. Most experts say that the best way to sit at a computer without causing damage to the body is to keep both feet flat on the floor and the lower back positioned against the seat. The computer monitor should additionally be at eye level so that stretching and bending the neck to look up or down at the screen isn't necessary. Using ergonomic office furniture may help people to position themselves correctly in front of their computers, which might make maintaining proper computer posture much easier.

There are many mistakes people tend to make while sitting in front of their computers. Lots of people keep their legs or feet crossed and their shoulders hunched forward while they are working. When the legs and feet are crossed for long periods of time, it can lead to reduced circulation in the lower extremities, which might ultimately cause varicose veins to form. People who stay hunched over at their desks might find themselves suffering from severe aches and pains in their neck muscles, back muscles, and shoulder blades. When people lean forward at their desks, they are usually putting unnecessary strain on their lower backs.

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Many people are forced to use a laptop computer while sitting at a desk because that is the type of computer their employers supply, and this can be particularly bad for computer posture. Unlike desktop computers, laptops are not easily positioned to be comfortable for a person to use at a desk because the monitor and keyboard are attached. When a person is using a laptop at a desk, he may be forced to bend his neck slightly downward in order to see the screen properly. Over time, this could lead to severe muscle strain in the neck and upper back. A person who has to use a laptop at a desk might benefit from placing it on top of several books so that it is at eye level. Doing this may also keep the keyboard close to the edge of the desk so that leaning forward to type isn't necessary.

People who are looking to correct their computer posture may want to consider investing in ergonomic office furniture even though it tends to be slightly expensive. The ideal office chair usually has lower back support in addition to adjustable height and reclining features. Armrests are also typically beneficial and should probably be positioned so that the elbows and lower arms can rest comfortably on them when a person is not typing. It's also usually recommended that people who spend long hours in front of their computers take frequent breaks and get up to walk around at least every hour to get a break from sitting.

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