Finding the most comfortable typing position
Our posture is so important when we’re at our computers and poor typing positioning can be undetectable before it’s too late. A lot of RSI (repetitive strain injuries) are down to many years of improper posture and repetitive movements.
When it comes to typing and ergonomics, experts in general agree there is a right and a wrong way. Here are 4 key ways to improve your typing stance.
- Ensure the keyboard is below your elbow height when seated, with your wrists straight and not 'stuck' on the surface of the desk. Have your feet flat on the floor and ensure your eyes are level with the top of your monitor. Elbows should be in an open angle (90–110 degrees) to relax your forearms and shoulders.
- You may be typing with a poor posture and not even be aware of it. When your keyboard is higher than your wrists, you tend to overextend your wrists to press the keys. Lower your chair or Smart Desk to raise your wrists up so your wrists and keyboard are on the same plane. Maintain a straight, neutral wrist as you type.
- Keep an eye on how you use your laptop as these provide their own challenges. Laptops are usually always cramped, forcing your shoulders to rotate internally and your wrists to be twisted horizontally. Where possible use an external keyboard to help you maintain an optimal distance from your laptop screen. According to WebMD, your screen should be 25 inches or an arm’s length away, difficult to do with a laptop.
- Use a laptop stand (such as these by our partners at Dotgrid). Ergonomists agree that the computer screen should be positioned so the top line of the monitor is at or slightly below eye level. This way, you are looking straight ahead, with your neck straight. When you have to look upwards or downwards to see the screen, increasing levels of strain is placed on the neck, leading to neck and back pain.
Enhanced flexibility is key so you can find your desired position for a happier, less painful working life!