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Improve your posture while working on the computer with these simple adjustments. Even though it might feel weird and uncomfortable at first, here are some easy changes you can make to get you in the correct posture. See Doctor Jo’s blog post about this at: http://www.askdoctorjo.com/content/tips-better-computer-posture

Start off with a forward head posture test. This is done by placing your finger on your chin while you are sitting upright. Without moving your finger, tuck your chin in for 5 seconds, and then relax. If there is more than 1-inch space between your chin now and your finger, you are not using good posture in everyday life. You can do chin tucks periodically through out the day while on the computer.

Next, you can take a beach ball or roll up a towel, and place it in the arch of your back to give it support. Many times people also say they feel like their feet or legs are going numb. This is often the result of your chair being too high or too low. You want your knees and hips to be at a 90-degree angle. If the chair is too high, you can place some books underneath your feet.

Finally, you also want your arms to be in a relaxed neutral position. You can put your keyboard or laptop on books as well until it is in a comfortable position where your shoulders are not hunched up or stretched too far out.

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How to Improve Posture at Your Computer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzTFCZv0--E

DISCLAIMER: This video and any related comments are not medical advice. Doctor Jo is a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy; however, she is not YOUR Physical Therapist and can't possibly diagnose you through the Internet. So don't use this information to avoid going to your own healthcare professional or to replace the advice they have given you. This information should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any medical condition. If you are not properly diagnosed, this information won't help, and it could make things worse. If you experience any pain, stop immediately and see your healthcare professional.
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Medical
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correct posture, posture, how to correct posture
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