We all know people spend a lot of time in their chairs while working. In fact, some research shows that sitting in a chair all day can be hazardous to your health. Dr. Dawn Tames of Sacred Touch Chiropractic has been kind enough to give us some tips for improving your desk conditions.
- The height of your chair should be so that both feet evenly hit the ground with your weight evenly distributed.
- The back of the chair should have a supportive lumbar curve that hugs your lower back.
- Make sure you sit with your bottom against the back of the chair. Try to not lean forward.
- At your computer workstation, make sure the monitor and chair are working together. Do not twist yourself or angle the monitor.
- The monitor should be at eye level and you should not be looking up or down.
- The keyboard should be at arm’s length and not too much tension on your forearm.
- Keep high fingers while typing- like playing a piano. Arch your hands and fingers and do not press down with your palms. This is the main cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Chair arm rests should not be too high. It should not raise your shoulders unless you are just resting.
- Make sure you align your shoulders with the middle of your spine.
Dr. Dawn is the owner/operator of Sacred Touch Chiropractic and has practiced in the Scottsdale area since 1995. She is registered with the Arizona Board of Chiropractic, License #5331 and Physiotherapy License #3020 and is a member of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association). Dr. Dawn received her degree as a D.C. in 1994, graduating from the Life College of Chiropractic (Life University) Marietta, Georgia.