Is your desk comfortable or do you get aches and pains towards the end of the day? Discomfort after a day at work may suggest inadequate posture or movement, potentially due to unsuitable office furniture.

It can be tricky to know where to start with ergonomics and desk setup. Is it your desk? Is your chair knackered or just rubbish? Do you need a standing desk, a kneeling chair, a gym ball, a special mouse or any of the myriad office accessories on the market? It’s enough to make your head spin.

A good place to start is a basic Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Workstation assessment. Your employer should do this with you but you can easily do it yourself. There’s a simple template on the Health & Safety Executive website. Which you can find here:

The checklist will help you identify areas that need improvement. You can then ask your employer for support, or if you are freelance you can do further research on how to resolve the issue.

Our osteopaths and chiropractors are able to help you recover from work-related aches, pains and strains, and can also give you guidance on posture and desk set up.