Your elbows should be at or just above the level of the desk. It’s easier to keep your wrists straight this way. Often, you have to raise your chair higher than usual to do this.
There are many similarities between how to stand and how to sit. For the best posture, your head, neck, and spine should always be straight, and your shoulders should be loose. In any way you turn it, the monitor should be the same distance away and the same height above your eyes. The wrists should be straight and the elbows should bend at a good angle (no less than 90 degrees, but a little more is acceptable). With a height-adjustable desk, the only thing that changes is where you start. This makes it easy to sit and stand in the right way.
At your desk, your elbows should be at or above eye level. So, it will be easier to keep your wrists straight. Most of the time, you have to raise your chair higher than usual to do this.
You should be able to type with your arms at your sides, bent elbows, and straight wrists while standing up straight.
“Desks that are usually 29.5″ tall don’t work for 95% of the people in our country.”
“So, users tend to sit up straight and shrug their shoulders during the workday. Worse, the way they tend to bend forward makes them more likely to get diseases of the low back “Puleio asserts. “The best way to use the keyboard is to put it in your lap, like you would with a laptop. Your wrists should be straight, your shoulders should be in a comfortable angle, and your palms should be firmly planted on the ground. By moving your keyboard and mouse closer to your body, you can put your weight on the backrest of the chair, which should make you feel better right away. Use an articulating keyboard support to tilt the keyboard away from your body for an even more neutral posture.”
Once the keyboard is in place, adjust the height of your chair so that your knees and elbows form a 90-degree angle (see diagram). Do your armrests move up and down, or should everyone have a chair whose height can be changed? I highly recommend a chair with armrests that can be moved up and down, left and right, and forward and backward. Why do you want to make so many changes? Because your elbows shouldn’t be on the armrests while you type. When you type, your elbows and arms should be supported by your shoulders, not by your forearms. If you use an armrest while you type, your forearm muscles, which lose strength faster than your shoulder muscles, are isolated. You should move the armrests away from your body, to the left or right, so that your arms can hang freely while you type. Investing in a good chair that can be adjusted will go a long way toward reducing the risk of RSI.
Should I keep my arm at the level of my desk?
When standing at a desk, your elbows should be bent 90 degrees, and the desk should be set up to the height of your forearms. Since your forearms are on the desk, you can rest your shoulders.
When you’re sitting at a desk, where should your arms be?
Sit-stand desk ergonomics: Keep your arms relaxed and at your sides. Your upper arms, elbow, and wrist should all be in the same plane as the rest of your body. Often, this means lifting the table higher than you might think.
Where should your elbows be when you type?
When you type, keep your elbows close to your sides and at a comfortable height. Keyboards and keyboard trays often have wrist supports that can help you keep your wrists in a neutral, almost straight position. On the other hand, wrist pads are only for short breaks.
How should your elbows be placed?
Your forearms and hands should be 5 to 15 degrees away from your body when your arms are outstretched at your sides and your palms are facing forward. This is the “carrying angle” of the elbow in most people. If you walk with your arms at this angle, your forearms will clear your hips when you swing your arms.
Is it better to sit at a desk higher or lower?
Raise the desk’s height. When the height of the chair is too low, you have to sit with your knees higher than your hips. This puts pressure on the lumbar discs and makes back pain come on faster. You will also unconsciously arch your back, which will hurt your neck and shoulders.
What is the best way to sit at a desk?
Your feet should be flat on the ground, and your knees should be level with or just below your hips. Straighten up and put your hips as far back as you can in the chair. The back of the chair should be leaned back 100 to 110 degrees. Make sure the keyboard is right in front of you and close by.
Should I put my arm on the desk?
Only lean back in the chair when you’re not typing. Body mechanics can help with pain. When you type with your arms or wrists on rests, most of the work must be done by the muscles in your forearms. Use stronger shoulder and arm muscles instead of letting the hands “float” over the keys.
Should you use a keyboard and mouse when sitting at elbow height?
Your elbow should be able to bend almost 90 degrees when you use the keyboard and mouse. Straight wrists reduce pressure and the chance of getting carpal tunnel syndrome.
How do you know if the height of your desk is too high?
If your desk is too high for you, you might raise your arms, shrug your shoulders, stretch your arms out in front of you to use the keyboard or mouse, or rest your forearms on the table’s edge.
Which way to type is the most comfortable?
The OSHA computer workstation etool says that the following are always important: You should be facing the keyboard right away. You should keep your shoulders loose and your elbows close to your body. Your wrists should be straight and in line with your forearms.