What Is Neutral Posture & How to Achieve It

The Importance of Staying Neutral

Staying neutral at work is essential in avoiding work-related injuries and strains.  But other than avoiding conflict, what does staying neutral really mean?
Too often we don’t even think about how we’re sitting or physically performing tasks at work.  The sad result is that we can suffer from aches and pains that we don’t have to.  The key is to sit up straight and to make sure you don’t arch, cock, or bend any part of your body, being especially mindful of your neck, shoulders, back, and wrists.  It’s wise to check your posture frequently to ensure you are not bending your neck to see your screen, straining your shoulders or back to reach something, or cocking your wrists as you type and mouse.  For specific tips and tools for avoiding work-related injuries, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, keep reading!

Ergonomic products for Achieving & Maintaining Neutral Posture

That said, here are some ergonomic tools for avoiding strain at work.
  • Raise your monitor.  Your screen should be at eye level so that your neck is in a neutral position and your eyes aren’t strained.
  • Keep your keyboard and mouse centered in front of you and side-by-side on the same surface.  You should never have to over-extend your reach, especially when mousing since it’s not a rare action.
  • Use a keyboard tray.  Keyboard trays attach to your desk, but right below the surface.  The advantage is that they keep the keyboard and mouse right next to each other, on a separate surface than the computer, and most importantly, at an angle that allows your arms to slope slightly downward when typing.   (which will keep you from cocking your wrists as you type).
  • Try a wrist rest.  Poorly named, a wrist rest is actually more for the palms of your hands than your wrists and is intended for rests in between periods of typing.  However, when used properly, a wrist rest is a great tool for keeping your hands and wrists in line.
  • Sit in an ergonomic chair.  There’s nothing quite like having adjustable support for your back, bottom, and arms.  Being properly supported is key in achieving and maintaining neutral posture the entire work day.

Achieving and maintaining neutral posture can be challenging, but is essential for avoiding work-related injuries.  Simple steps like raising your monitor or using a keyboard tray will help you avoid straining your neck or wrists.


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