Is your workplace set up correctly to reduce back pain?


Sitting at a desk all day can cause, back, neck, and shoulder pain, eye strain and general discomfort. Let’s talk ergonomics.



Defined as the science of fitting a workplace to the user’s needs, ergonomics aims to increase efficiency and productivity and reduce discomfort.


Have you set up your workplace correctly to reduce back pain? 4 tips to reduce back pain with ergonomics.

  1. Setting up your screen: If your computer screen is set too high or low, this could contribute to shoulder or neck fatigue at the end of a long day. The top of the screen should be set at eye level; this way you do not have to consistently look up or down.
  2. Posture and keyboard techniques: Adjust your keyboard to a height where your elbows are bent approximately 90 degrees and your shoulders do not slump.
  3. Ergonomic chair: Consider using a chair with a backrest that supports the curve of your lower (lumbar) back. Sit back in the chair and position your thighs horizontally to your knees at hip level. Rest your feet comfortably on the floor or a footrest.
  4. Computer Glasses: If you use progressive lenses in your glasses, a slight head tilt is needed for these glasses to function. This tilting action may be the cause of your fatigued neck. Consider asking your eye doctor for glasses that can be worn while at your desk.