Friday, July 8, 2011
I've had my new desk set up for a few days now and I can't believe the difference. The main thing that feels so much better is my shoulders. Since 1999, I've been sitting at a desk all day at work and I've had a painful knot in my right shoulder blade. Sometimes it is so bad. Today, it is gone. Totally gone. I can't believe it. I am a heavy mouse user and having my mouse arm down lower so my shoulder isn't raised at all has eliminated the knot. Or at least that's what I'm guessing it is.
Sitting as your desk may seem like a no-brainer, but there’s actually a very specific way to sit to avoid the common injuries that come with bad posture and poor positioning.
The key is right angles – keep your seat height so that your knees are at a 90° angle to your thighs and your hips are also at a 90°. In this position, your feet should be flat on the floor. The last important 90° is at the elbow. You shouldn’t be reaching forward to type, but rather have the keyboard tray pulled out to you. This reduces potential injury to the wrist and shoulder.
Other important desk posture notes: 1) keep wrists straight, avoid cushions that cause them to bend; 2) have the top of the monitor be about eye level with a slight upward tilt in angle; 3) for added lower back support, a lumbar cushion may be used; and 4) have buttocks firmly planted in the back of the chair’s seat (in other words, don’t slouch).
So wow! I feel like I'm still working on it a little, getting my angles right but my ball chair is awesome. Definitely worth $75. I had a keyboard tray installed and that really helps too. I used to think ergonomics was kind of dorky but after over 10 years of sitting at a desk every day - now I'm starting to get it. I'm guessing you might be able to get your office to pay for the ball chair. I bought my own because I didn't want to explain my crazy idea but they did pay for the keyboard tray. The keyboard tray is bolted to the desk anyway so it belongs to the office. Some people here have gotten the office to pay for spendy Aeron chairs but well, I like the ball chair solution.
Parade video update: Uri is an artist. He made an awesome parade video but it is 13 minutes long and we had trouble uploading it to YouTube. I'm trying to convince him to make a short one that's appropriate for the blog but he says he doesn't make "blog content videos". I'm working on it.
Have a great weekend!