Is my desk too high?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by austin1234, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. austin1234 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    #1
    Hello, I have a macbook pro. I also hook it up to a 24" screen sometimes. It sits on my desk and my hands lie on the desk. After awhile, my hands or arms hurt from sitting on the desk? What should I do? I've tried to cushion things but they don't work.
     
  2. Danielo macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 27, 2005
    Location:
    The Old Continent
    #2
    Could be.

    How high is your desk and are you sitting upright?
     
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601

    eawmp1

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Location:
    FL
  4. austin1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604

    Tomorrow

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2008
    Location:
    Always a day away
    #5
    Your desk should be at a height such that your forearms, with your wrists on the desk, should be parallel to the floor. Unless you're particularly tall or short, 29" is either just right or a tad bit short (30" is common).
     
  6. austin1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    #6
    My forearms lean on the desk. But either my hand or arm become numb from that.. what should I do?
     
  7. drewsof07 macrumors 68000

    drewsof07

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2006
    Location:
    Ohio
    #7
    Get a wrist rest and a chair that elevates you to a position that allows your forearms to rest on the flat surface and not the edge of the desk.
     
  8. dknightd macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2004
    #8
    Personal opinion, your arms should not touch the desk. perhaps the heels of your hands. But I don't study ergonomics. Just do what works well for me.
    Are you using the macbookpro keyboard? If so, you might consider an external keyboard and mouse.

    Take frequent breaks. Change your position occasionally. see if a doctor if problems persist.
     
  9. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    #9
    In my opinion seating posture is one of the main reasons of discomfort.

    About a year ago I was starting to feel pain very frequently in a line from my elbow to my little finger, especially after long work days. I went to a couple of sessions at a good physiotherapist, which helped me a lot to feel the position I'm sitting in. In my case I was hunching shoulders and generally putting myself in a tense posture in front of the computer. Now everyday I stop at regular intervals and just think a few seconds about my posture, feel what's not right and comfortable, then adjust accordingly... which is generally just relax in my case !

    You're right to do ask questions and do something about it, good on you !
     
  10. ratzzo macrumors 6502a

    ratzzo

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2011
    Location:
    Madrid
    #10
    It all depends on how you sit.. ideally you should aim at being as erect as possible. When I get tired using a desktop PC I just hook up the wireless trackpad which, in addition to the wireless keyboard, lets me lay back comfortably :cool:
     
  11. you39 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2010
    #11
  12. drewsof07 macrumors 68000

    drewsof07

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2006
    Location:
    Ohio
    #12
    That's what she said.
    :p
     
  13. Big D 51 macrumors 6502a

    Big D 51

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    #13
    Lol good post
     
  14. maclaptop macrumors 65816

    maclaptop

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2011
    Location:
    Western Hemisphere
    #14

Share This Page