The Proper Way to Sit in Front of a Computer

Woman sitting in front of her computer with good posture

Post-pandemic life has changed the work environment for professionals all over the world. What once was a daily commute to the office and several trips to the coffee machine with coworkers is now a quick walk to your home office setup, sitting for eight-plus hours a day.

Our bodies need movement to stay healthy. Sitting all day with poor posture can negatively impact your health, from rounded shoulders to body aches and muscle fatigue!

Here are some tips on the correct sitting position in front of your computer.

Correct Your Pelvis Posture

You should have a neutral pelvic position, and your buttocks should touch the back of the seat. If you maintain your pelvis in a neutral position, the bones in your butt (the most prominent bones in your buttocks) will feel flat, and most of your weight will shift to the back of your thighs. The correct pelvic position helps maintain a straight spine and prevents slouching.

Align Your Ears, Shoulders, and Hips

Our spine is not straight. We have natural curves that help to keep the body upright. You maintain your spine’s natural curves when you align your ears, shoulders, and hips. Shifting from this position causes more strain on the spine and results in pain and discomfort.

Adjust Your Back Position

It is important to position the backrest of your chair recline at a proper angle. You must adjust the backrest to a 100 or 110-degree angle. You can also use towel roll or lumbar cushion to keep your lower back in its natural curved state.

Ensure Your Feet Touch the Floor

You should adjust the seat height so that your feet rest on the floor. If you wear heels, taking them off may be more comfortable while seated at your desk. If your feet don’t touch the ground, invest in a footrest or stool to keep your feet flat and prevent your knees from experiencing a lot of strain.

Sitting in the correct posture helps stabilizes your body. It may seem uneasy to keep correcting your posture, but if you keep doing it, you’ll be very happy with how it makes you feel physically and mentally!

If you have back painneck strain, or shoulder symptoms from poor posture in front of your computer, CT Physical Therapy Care can help Our therapists aim to give patients effective treatment. We have the knowledge, resources, and programs to help you gain relief and mobility successfully. Your recovery is our top priority.

Contact us at (718)255-6229 to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment!