The Art of Sitting at a Desk


As humans, we were never really designed to sit at a desk for hours in one position.

But we do – and then we wonder why we not only experience aches and pains, we can also end up suffering from a whole array of back, shoulder and neck conditions. It really does make sense to find yourself a way of sitting that is completely comfortable and minimises strain on the muscles and joints.

Of course everyone’s body is different – so here are a few general recommendations, so that you can find what works for you.

  • Keep your feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest, with your knees bent at a 90-100 degree angle.
  • Keep the knees, hips and ankles slightly open.
  • Ensure that your thighs and forearms are parallel with the ground. If you prefer it, your wrists can be slightly below your elbows.
  • Support your forearms if necessary, keeping your elbows tucked in.
  • Keep your head aligned with the spine and your eyes level with the top of your computer screen.
  • Your shoulders should be low and relaxed, avoid slouching, bending forward or bending to the side.
  • Use the back of your chair to support your spine. If you wish, place a cushion or even a rolled up towel or sweatshirt if necessary, in the small of your back.
  • Another position that works for some people, is one where one knee is placed slightly below hip level, creating a curve in the back and minimising strain.

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