Aside from those who come to my Austin-area physiotherapy clinic with neck pain due to a trauma or car accident, I would estimate over 90% of my patients with neck pain develop that pain, at least in part, due to poor posture—many times related to working with a chair and computer that isn’t ergonomically correct.
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Neck pain from poor posture
With more and more people spending an enormous amount of time sitting at desks, the number of people developing serious neck pain and dysfunction is also increasing. A great deal of this pain could be avoided if people were to set up their desk space in a way that promotes and supports good posture, and if they were also adamant about maintaining these proper postural positions.
I find myself explaining appropriate postural positions and ergonomic desk set-ups on a weekly basis, so I decided to write an article and make a video about this issue.
How to adjust your chair and computer to be ergonomically correct and prevent poor posture
Ergonomically correct equipment that can help prevent neck pain
As you’ll see in the video above, whether or not you have a desktop or a laptop, it is likely you will need an adjustable keyboard tray. Here is a link to one of my favorites. Note, you may be able to save money if the 17-inch version is big enough for you. You can also opt for the “standard tray” rather than this “adjustable tray”. It essentially just gives you more adjustments for the mouse pad area. (But if you have wrist or elbow issues, I would stick with the adjustable tray).
If you are using a laptop, here is a link to a wireless keyboard you can connect to it. If this one doesn’t suit your needs, just look around on Amazon for one that does. Here are general directions for connecting a keyboard to a laptop wirelessly.
If your chair is not adjustable in the ways described in the video, here is a link to the fully adjustable chair in the video.
Dangers of too much sitting
With all that said, if you read this post on the dangers of sitting still and fully supported all day long, you may want to try this swiss ball chair. You can still attain very good posture with this type of chair… you just have to work at it throughout the day, which is likely much better for your health. All the angles of the body and placement of the computer/keyboard demonstrated in the video still apply.
If you have any questions about poor posture or neck pain that are not addressed here, feel free to contact our physical therapy clinic at any time.