Ergonomics at the Computer

How To Sit With Proper Posture When at a Desk or Computer

Workplace Ergonomics


So what even is RSI? RSI is defined as "Injury to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression, or sustained or awkward positions" (James E. McGreevey, 2003)

RSI is a serious condition caused by things like typing, writing and even reading. RSI makes bones and muscles ache and hurt from improper and non-relaxing movement. Mostly occurring in offices, because of long periods of strain, RSI can be resolved by using better posture, adjusting your environment, and upgrading that old Microsoft keyboard.

Hourly Exercises and stretches

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Simple things you can do to:

Increase comfort

Prevent stress

Reduce risk of injury

Decrease fatigue

Adjust your enviroment

  1. Adjust Height of workstation, chair and keyboard.
  2. Your knees should be slightly higher

    than your hips with your feet flat on

    the floor.

  3. Your forearms should be horizontal

    when using the keyboard or mouse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Doesn't keeping straight posture get tiring?

Yes! Its something that your body has to adapt to and get used to! After a while you'll notice a difference in your productivity.

How can I adjust my computer and set up?

On your chair there should be levers or dials to adjust lumbar, height, and slope of the back.

What if proper posture feels uncomfortable?

That means your body is still getting used to it. After a couple days your joints will feel much more relaxed after work!

Work cited

Harrison, Spencer, and James R. Ford. "House Gymnastics." House Gymnastics | How To | Preparation | Chest Stretch. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2016.

"Repetitive Strain Injury." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 09 May 2016.

Bynum, Juanita. Cumulative Trauma Disorders in Office Workers. Trenton, NJ: N.J. Dept. of Health & Senior Services, Occupational Health Service, Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Program, 1996. Print.