You may be excited to have a home-office of your own. If you suffer from poor posture, the below points would help you make the space more ergonomic.
Keep Your Neck Straight
The body parts you should be the most concerned about are your head and neck. There are so many ways you could hurt them when sitting behind a desk all day.
To protect your head, sit in a position that would force it to always be vertical to your neck; you’ll be limiting the amount of strain to the rest of the body. Unfortunately, you may have purchased a desk that doesn’t allow for this – it would be low, causing you to lower your neck to work your laptop.
Let’s expand on the above point. There are many ways you could keep your head and neck vertical. Something that would greatly help would be a laptop mount. The device would be raised so that you’d always look up.
If you have a monitor, you won’t be able to place a mount. But you might be able to place books underneath to raise its screen.
Take a look at your desk. Are its edges sharp? Your arm would get hurt whenever it’s on the table. Sanding its sides would help. Something else that would do the trick would be placing a cloth over the table’s exterior. If the cloth is thick, the edges would especially be softened. Going for a new desk with an ergonomic design wouldn’t be pricey, though. Shop around.
Just like your head and neck need to be in a neutral position, you need to keep your wrist like this as well. Your forearm should lay flat; you don’t want your wrist to hinge.
Similar to how the height of your desk would affect your ability to keep your head in a neutral position, the height of your chair would affect how straight you’d be able to keep your arm.
A tip would be to watch your elbows – if they’re bent, most likely, your wrists aren’t neutral.
Although you may be sitting in a comfortable position, your feet are killing you. A great purchase would be a foot-rest. Some desks come with spots to keep the rests, making their placement easier for you.
If your back has weak muscles, you won’t be able to use just any chair. There are special ones made for orthopedic use; they would have backs that are cushioned well. If you don’t want to splurge on such a seat, you could pack yours with pillows.
As mentioned, don’t get a chair that is too small or big. It would be hard for you to keep your wrists in a neutral position.
When it comes to creating a work environment that is ergonomic, there are many things that you could do. From them, the best would be to keep your body in a neutral position. Always have your head vertical to your neck and keep your wrist straight.