The first steps towards gaining a better posture

I have some suggestions for the Letters page correspondent suffering from back pain (DW 11 September). My arm, neck and shoulder were strained and aching after a stint of long hours. The cure came via an article faxed to me by my brother.

These are the main points:

Get a good quality chair with adjustable height, back rest and tilt features.

Adjust the chair height until your forearm slopes slightly (90-100) from elbow to keyboard.

Have your feet flat on the ground.

Keep your wrists straight; and

Make sure you are facing your desk, monitor and keyboard squarely.

This worked for me within two days. I found sitting straight was very comfortable once I was in the right position.

Amanda Tatham

Amanda Tatham

London W12

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