Health Tip: Sit Properly at the Computer

Suggestions for setting up your chair

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(HealthDay News) -- It's important to maintain proper posture when sitting at the computer.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:

  • Opt for a chair that is easy to adjust, feels stable, includes a backrest, and with wheels that touch the floor at a minimum of five points.
  • Make sure your knees are at the level of your hips while your feet are planted on the floor.
  • Use adjustable armrests to support your arms and place your elbows close to your waist.
  • Make sure the seat is padded and offers at least an inch of room beyond your thighs and hips.
  • The seat should slightly point toward the floor. There also should be some room between the back of your knees and the seat.


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