What’s the proper height for your computer monitor?

Business woman with neck painOne of the most common ailments for the modern worker is chronic tension in the back of the neck and down into the shoulders. I’ve worked with countless women who have told me “I keep my tension in my neck and shoulders.” If I had a nickel for every time I heard that statement, I’d be swimming in a vault of nickels like Scrooge McDuck.

Having experienced endless tension in my neck and shoulders in the past, I thought I’d share one simple change you can make to your workstation to help with that tension.

It’s simple. So simple.

You’re going to hate how simple it is once you’ve implemented it and seen the results (although, like anything, this may not work for 100% of people).

Raise your screen.

I know, I know.

You’ve been all over the internet and ErgoCanada told you that the top of the screen should be at eye level. 

I don’t agree. I’ve been a hard core computer user since I was six. I’ve had my screen at all kinds of levels. I’ve had old 14″ CRT monitors, 19″ widescreen LCDs, and 21.5″ iMac, and even a 27″ TV screen on occasion as monitors. Regardless of the size of the screen, there is one level that consistently keeps my neck and shoulders feeling good.

You may also want to check out this video on why sitting is bad for you.

I put the center of the screen at eye level.

That’s it.

I don’t care how big your monitor is. If you have a monitor that’s 27″ and put the top of the monitor at eye level, think about how much you will need to look down! Set the middle of the screen at eye level, and you’ll save yourself a crick in the neck and soreness in the shoulders.

When you have the screen set lower, you tend to draw your chin down toward your chest so you can see all the stuff “below” you. Would you enjoy tucking your chin for 8 hours, looking down at the floor, on Saturday? Probably not. Would you enjoy tucking your chin into your chest for 8 hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to see the spreadsheet you’re working on? Exactly!

This simple fix has helped countless CFOs, CPAs, and programmers that I’ve worked with over the years.  Try it out and see how it works for you.

This video can help you get your seat a little more ergonomic friendly too.


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.

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