Tips and ergonomic accessories for correct desk placement of your LCD
Choosing the correct setup for ergonomic LCD arms. The correct placement of your LCD monitor is as important as the selection and purchase of an LCD arm. Ergonomic injuries are increasing with the explosion of computer technology in the workplace and in schools. Repetitive and prolonged computer use can lead to injury, muscle aches and discomfort. Proper computer posture is also important.
Reviewing the following ergonomic computer monitor recommendations when installing your monitor arm will help you avoid injuries typically associated with prolonged computer use.
Duo display shown above before LCD mounting
In today's office one cannot imaging any interaction without a computer, so set up ergonomic computer monitors is an important part of every day business life. onestopergonomics.com has compiled some ergonomic tips to help you correct common computer workstation problems and help prevent repetitive strain injuries. Choosing the right location for your monitor and ergonomic accessories on the desk or wall is not an easy decision, especially considering that you might spend many hours every day working at your computer. LCD arms allow you to position your monitor ergonomically to help you prevent injuries and other discomfort, such as neck pain, shoulder pain, or eye strain.
Ergonomic LCD arms should help you center your computer monitor viewing. After you have decided whether you want to mount your monitor with a LCD arm to your desk, wall, a pole, or ceiling mount, consider some setup and positioning tips. First of all, center your monitor, because the best position of your monitor is directly in front of you. If you position your monitor to the left or right of center, shoulder or neck discomfort may result as a result of the twisting posture that will result. The best positioning is where your muscles can stay in a rest or neutral position. As a good work practice, always pay attention to any body discomfort and avoid sustained, awkward postures.
There is one exception to the rule of centering a monitor - If you are working in a job that requires you to communicate with customers, you don't want your monitor to block your personal interaction with your customer. In this case, LCD arms that swivel are a great help. Mounting your monitor on a monitor swivel arm will enable you to move your ergonomic computer monitor out of the way while talking with a customer, or turn the monitor towards them when you wish to share information with them. Most arms also offer the capability of viewing the screen in either landscape or portrait positions which is a great convenience.
Place your LCD at the proper viewing distance
When sitting at your desk, avoid a straight up-right posture. Instead, adjust your ergonomic chair so you are sitting slightly reclined, with your lumbar properly supported. Studies have proven that sitting in a slightly reclined position reduces pressure on the discs in the lower back.
Once you know where your comfortable sitting position is you can arrange your monitor placement. Often, monitors are placed too close or too far away from the viewer. Both situations result in eye strain and can also cause the user to shift posture and tilt their necks or hold their shoulders and arms in uncomfortable positions that eventually lead to repetitive injury. You should center your monitor at a comfortable viewing distance that still provides clear, unstrained visibility of the screen. In the past, the "rule of thumb" had been to place your monitor an arm's length distance in front of you, but this generality has given way under study. It's now known that a greater distance is often best for many people. Here again, LCD monitor arms are extremely helpful is providing easy, comfortable and ergonomic positioning.
You can also free up desk surface by using a wall mounting LCD arm, pole mount arm. Ceiling mount units are also available. Proper positioning is essential, no matter how your LCD is mounted.
Tilting your LCD monitor
Opinion among experts about tilting your LCD monitor for the most ergonomic benefit are contradictory. Some say that the base of the LCD should be tilted slightly closer to you than the top. Others say the screen should remain upright and not be tilted. However, when your monitor is mounted on an LCD arm you can easily adjust what works best for you.
Also consider the impact of glare when tilting your monitor in order to to avoid eyestrain from direct/indirect glare. LCD's have the great advantage of being able to produce clear, crisp screen images without flicker or major glare problems due to a higher luminance factor. However, depending on your work setting, using an anti-glare computer filter specifically designed for LCD's might be a good ergonomic investment.
Other Ergonomic Tips for LCD computer users...
There are several more recommendations for healthy computer usage including taking regular "micro breaks" to move around and do 1-2 minutes of stretching after every 30 minutes at the computer. Other ergonomic factors include correct positioning of your forearms, elbows and wrists to avoid developing conditions such as "carpal tunnel syndrome", and other Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI). and Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD). We at onestopergonomics.com have compiled for you some important health tips on both issues. Check the links that follow:
Furthermore, you can find comprehensive information on LCD computer work practices on our page Computer Work Practices.