How to Make Sure Your Workspace Is Ergonomic

Do you have a big study load at the moment? Have you found yourself studying in all sorts of places? The kitchen bench, your bed, Uni study nooks? That’s to be expected at this time of year.

But with all the different workspaces, you could be at risk of developing more aches and pains. Studies have shown that a long term poor ergonomic set up could lead to the development of musculoskeletal disorders.

St Lucia Sports and Spinal has some helpful tips to make sure your set up is safe and productive:

  • Ensure your back support supports the natural curves of your spine
  • Chair height appropriate to ensure feet are flat and supported on the floor (sometimes you need to use a box or some books to accommodate for screen height)
  • Set up the monitor so that the top line of text on the screen is at resting eye level

Along with a correct ergonomic setup, implement frequent, short breaks where you:

  • Stand up (when you have a phone call, grabbing a snack, making a cup of tea or coffee)
  • Stretch
  • Walk

Studies have proven that movement relaxes tissues, loosens joints and prevents stiffness, improves circulation, reduces fatigue, and builds stamina.

Easy To-Do Desk Stretches:

If you are experiencing any issues with your study space or movement strategies, contact one of our physiotherapists to discuss how they can help you.

Written by Sports & Spinal Physiotherapist Ed McHugh