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Why Ergonomic Office Furniture Is Important To Your Health

By Jaime Lee

The human body is designed to move, to be up and about, not chained to a desk, staring at a computer screen all day long. But, the fact is, for most people, sitting at a desk is what they do all day. Spending eight to 10 hours sitting in an uncomfortable chair can be sheer torture and can set your body up for a work-related injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Ergonomic office furniture is not only more comfortable, it can help to prevent injuries and make work life more pleasant.

Ergonomics Defined

The dictionary says that ergonomics consists of designing furniture, usually found in an office setting, so that it fits the human body better, reduces worker fatigue and helps to prevent painful injuries and other discomfort. Using this type of furniture will boost a worker’s production because energy is not being diverted into his or her aching back and tired fingers.

Choosing An Office Chair

This is the piece of office furniture that you do not want to scrimp on. The office chair should be comfortable and fit your proportions. The chair’s seat must allow your knees to naturally bend, so it cannot be too long. Back support should be good, including good lumbar support. Adjustable seat height is important, as well. Any arm rests should be adjustable, if possible. The base of the chair, if it is on wheels, should be a 5-star pedestal.

Setting Up Your Computer Area

Setting your work space up in such a way as to keep all of your most used items at your finger tips is essential. A U-shape or right angle shape are both popular configurations. Your computer monitor should be at eye level, while the keyboard should be at the same height as your hands when your arm is bent at the elbow, hands parallel to the floor. Most desks have a slide-out tray to accommodate the keyboard.

The mouse should go on the side that is most comfortable. Keep the mouse close to the edge of the desk to avoid overreaching. Use the mouse with a relaxed, level hand.

Your keyboard should be sloped, with the top row of keys higher than the bottom row of keys. Use the legs on the back of the keyboard to raise it. Make sure that your keyboard is at the correct height. Sit in your chair with your upper arms close to your body and lower arms extended into a right angle, parallel to the floor. Your keyboard should be at the level of your hands.

Stop And Stretch

It may be worth your while to find a computer application that reminds you to take breaks every so often. You need a break about every 30-60 minutes to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive strain injuries. Roll you neck, stretch your arms and legs, move your hands, stretch your fingers. Look up, down and around with your eyes.

A Must Have

Ergonomic office furniture is essential for anyone that spends a great deal of time sitting at a desk or using a computer. Worker productivity will improve, injuries may be prevented and people will be able to work without pain.

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Lee, Jaime "Why Ergonomic Office Furniture Is Important To Your Health." Why Ergonomic Office Furniture Is Important To Your Health. 5 Jul. 2010. 23 Jun 2015 <>.

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