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Sitting in Front of a Computer

January 1, 2017

A recent CNN article reports that Americans spend more than 10 hours a day looking at a screen. As dental students, we are no exception. We spend hours on laptops and computers for both school (studying, patient charts) and relaxation (Netflix, social media)... and over time, it is easy to end up looking like this:


 (Image from Ergotron



Instead, here is the posture we should try to maintain to avoid back, shoulder, and neck problems: 


 (Image from Central Manchester Osteopathy


Computer Ergo Checklist

  • BODY

    • Eyes - at level of or just below monitor

    • Back - straight, with backrest supporting lower back

    • Elbows - close to body, approx 90-120 degrees

    • Wrist - minimal bend (could use padding)

    • Feet - flat on ground


    • Monitor - an arm's length away

    • Keyboard - placed so that your elbows and wrists are not straining (see above)

* It's easy to slouch over a laptop, which is why it's better to use a separate monitor and a keyboard so that you can look straight across at your screen while typing away with your elbows at 90-120 degrees. 



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