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Features of an Ergonomic Computer Workstation

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An ergonomic computer workstation is important in preventing musculoskeletal problems, or MSDs, because both employees and employers want to create a safe and comfortable workplace. There are many high quality ergonomic products on the market for just about every job. An ergonomically friendly workstation has adequate lighting that isn't too bright, and offers options for a variety of working postures, both standing and sitting. And an ergonomically friendly workplace should definitely encourage workers to take short breaks to stretch or walk around every half hour or so.

There are many kinds of keyboards and mice that are ergonomically designed for optimum hand, wrist, and arm positioning. Chairs and desks should be the proper height for the workers who use them, and telephones should have available headsets. Other ergonomically friendly items may include anti-fatigue floor mats in areas where workers may stand for long periods of time, tools that help improve grip or lifting ability, or even back belts for those who need to lift heavy objects. Here are a few of the most popular features of an ergonomic computer workstation.

Standing Desks

By now, it's probably fairly common knowledge that sitting all day while you work isn't healthy. One way you can increase movement is by using a standing desk while you work. Standing desks have a surface that's higher than an ordinary desk, because they're designed to be used while you're standing up, of course. Many standing desks have multiple height options that can work for people who are short or tall. Some adjustable height computer work stations even have electric motors that can adjust the height up and down so they work for anyone.

Standing Desk Conversions

For those who can't buy an entire new desk, another option to create an adjustable height computer work station is a standing desk conversion. These consist of a platform that serves as a computer monitor stand and typically also hold the keyboard. They sit on top of an existing work surface and can be adjusted so the height is appropriate for sitting or standing.

Under-Desk Keyboard Platform

Is your keyboard positioned at elbow height, where your arms are bent at about a 90-degree angle? If not, you can strain muscles from your fingers all the way up to your neck! That can lead to hand and wrist pain-or even carpal tunnel syndrome. You can help prevent these problems by using an under-desk keyboard platform that can help you easily position at the best ergonomic height, no matter whether you sit or stand while working.

 keyboard platform, or tray, can also help you optimize your typing posture in more than one direction. The best ergonomic position for your keyboard is at a negative angle, where the top of the keyboard points downward. The tilt adjustments on an under-desk keyboard tray help you keep your wrists at a neutral angle to help prevent injuries. Additionally, the ability to swivel left and right gives you more flexibility in positioning, which can be helpful if you move around a lot.

Active Anti Fatigue Mat

You can help prevent fatigue as well as hyperextending your knees when you're working at your standing desk by using an active anti fatigue mat. These mats feature contoured surfaces that help you stretch your calves, elevate one or both feet, and may even have a ball or roller to help you massage your feet. Active anti fatigue mats may look kind of strange, but they are better cushioned than ordinary anti fatigue mats, and the extra features promote movement and comfort.



Computer Monitor Stands

When your computer monitor is positioned improperly, you can end up with neck and shoulder pain from craning your neck or turning your head to see the monitor while you're working. Computer monitor stands can help you position your monitor directly in front of you, with the center of the screen at about eye height. You can also use computer monitor stands to raise the monitor to a height appropriate for standing desks.

Active Seating

Active seating refers to stools or chairs that let you move around while you're sitting. This can include wobbly stools, balance balls, and a variety of other seating options that help you work your core muscles while you're sitting. Active seating can help improve posture and boost your energy levels during the day by preventing slouching. The benefits of your ergonomically improved computer workstation will help you work more comfortably and keep you at your healthy best.

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