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 Post subject: Watch how you sit!
PostPosted: January 8th, 2007, 12:04 pm 
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I've been having an ache in my foot and I was sure that it was the beginning of some horrible circulatory disease or gangrene only to find that I was hooking my foot around the chair when I work and not realising it.

Moral of this story: watch how you sit- it may be killing you!

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2007, 2:39 pm 
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Thanks for the reminder! I have my keyboard as low as it will go, but that's still too high... so when I adjust my chair for the arms/shoulders to be in proper alignment, my feet don't reach the floor.

So I do the same as you---stick my feet back and curl them, usually resulting in some sort of ache, or a muscle cramp that occurs at 3 a.m.

Right now I'm using a telephone directory for a foot rest. LOL

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2007, 5:32 pm 
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tdavis wrote:
<grin>
Thanks for the reminder! I have my keyboard as low as it will go, but that's still too high... so when I adjust my chair for the arms/shoulders to be in proper alignment, my feet don't reach the floor.

So I do the same as you---stick my feet back and curl them, usually resulting in some sort of ache, or a muscle cramp that occurs at 3 a.m.

Right now I'm using a telephone directory for a foot rest. LOL


You do know that you can buy DIY-install keyboard trays that drop your keyboard as much as 5"? Installation isn't difficult, unless your desk has a center drawer, which will need to be removed (slide it out and store it for later use when you change desks).

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2007, 6:07 pm 
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charliediy wrote:
You do know that you can buy DIY-install keyboard trays that drop your keyboard as much as 5"?


No, I didn't know that! Thanks!

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2007, 6:10 pm 
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tdavis wrote:
charliediy wrote:
You do know that you can buy DIY-install keyboard trays that drop your keyboard as much as 5"?


No, I didn't know that! Thanks!


There are a host of woodworking supply companies that sell such items. I won't list them because I write about woodworking a lot, and I don't want to create problems, but simply google 'keyboard tray' and you should find what you need. I haven't tried that combo, by the way. It just seems sensible.

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I'll do that, thanks! Then if I can't install it I'll bring it to you in VA .. <wink>

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2007, 8:41 pm 
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tdavis wrote:
I'll do that, thanks! Then if I can't install it I'll bring it to you in VA .. <wink>


It's not far, and we're usually home, but just follow the manufacturer's instructions and you should be in great shape.

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2007, 9:33 pm 
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tdavis wrote:

Right now I'm using a telephone directory for a foot rest. LOL


I use two telephone directories as a foot rest (still wrapped as the post office delivered them) and I'm tall!

My first decent boss drilled ergonomics into me. And made sure I took "eye rest" breaks. She also made me a cup of coffee once or twice when I was pounding the keyboard through a deadline. I miss her.

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Thanks for posting this valuable hint.


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