Royal Palm Chiropractic & Wellness knows how important it is that one adjusts their computer monitors for optimum health. There are many reasons for why this is true.
Maintaining the correct monitor height will prevent many problems with your eyes, neck, and upper back. A monitor improperly positioned can irritate neck musculature, alter the normal spinal curves, induce eyestrain and even initiate migraine headaches.
Monitor Distance – The monitor should be located directly in front of the area where you’re positioned to view the monitor. The preferred distance from your eyes to the actual screen varies with the size of the monitor and the current resolution settings. A 17-inch monitor should be located no less than 20 inches away. For smaller monitors, you may need to be a little closer and for larger monitors a little farther away.
Monitor Settings – In conjunction with setting up the ideal distance between you and your monitor you may additionally need to alter the monitor’s resolution, contrast, and brightness settings. This will allow characters and images to display clearly preventing squinting and eyestrain. The settings will vary depending on the distance you are from the monitor, the background you have on your active screen, the amount and type of lighting at your workstation, and the quality of your vision.
Lighting and Glare – Improperly positioned lighting can also wreak havoc on your ability to comfortably view your monitor’s display. Solutions include moving your monitor, moving the lighting, closing blinds or curtains, adjusting your monitor’s brightness setting, installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor, changing your background color to a lighter color, or even taping paper or cardboard along the edges of the monitor to act as a “visor”.
Monitor Height – The proper monitor height is vital in preventing gradual neck and upper back strain. The most effective way to determine the correct monitor height is to sit correctly in your chair or where ever you view your monitor. Next, close your eyes and position your body and head in a neutral and comfortable position – your spine should be straight and your head centered over your shoulders. Then, open your eyes and note at which point your eyes are initially focused on. This area should correlate to the center of your monitor’s screen or the part of the screen you view most frequently.
We hope the following information about proper chair and sitting techniques is helpful. These techniques will help your neck and posture. At Royal Chiropractic Chiropractic and Wellness as we do our best to provide a top-notch and quality chiropractic service for neck problems as well as so much more. Our friendly and knowledgeable office can figure out your spinal issue, and why your back or neck hurts and help you find a fix ASAP.
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