Optimal Ergonomics: Part 1

Video Transcript

Hey everyone, Dr. Alibhai here from Stuart Chiropractic. I’m joined by Sarah, our chiropractic tech. Today, we’re going to demonstrate ideal ergonomics for standing. If you don’t have a stand-up desk, I highly recommend getting a sit-to-stand desk. For those who have one, this is the position you should be in.

It’s really critical to get this right. You’ll notice that the keyboard is positioned so that when Sarah places her hands on it, they are at about her belly button level. This is an excellent position for her, and her eyes are directed straight to the middle of the screen. If you notice, she’s looking off into the distance. Imagine yourself looking beyond your cheekbones, rather than just 10 degrees downward. For every inch that your head drops forward, you’re adding 10 pounds of pressure on the nerves in your neck.

This height is great for her. You’ll also see that she’s standing on an anti-fatigue mat. We often hear complaints about the difficulty of standing for long periods, and rightfully so. A mat can provide extra shock absorption. There’s also a stool here. When working, you can rest one foot on the stool.

Notice how Sarah has her foot positioned at an angle—similar to a Captain Morgan stance. If she keeps her foot straight, it can be hard on her hip. But rotating the foot outward gives her hip joint more room to move.

You can alternate between the right and left foot. If you don’t have a stool, you can even use something like a volleyball or a soccer ball.

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