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Neck Pain and Working

Sore Neck or Shoulders Whilst Working?

Welcome to another installment of our "That's My Office" blog series. Today, we're shifting our focus upwards – literally. We're going to be talking about an often-overlooked tool in your ergonomic arsenal: the monitor arm.

Why Monitor Arms?Working Height

Think about your current desk setup. Are you hunching over your laptop, straining your neck to look at your screen? Maybe you've propped your monitor up on a stack of books to bring it closer to eye level? If this sounds like you, then you may be doing more harm than good to your posture, and by extension, your health.

Monitor arms provide an easy solution to this issue. These devices clamp to the back of your desk and allow you to adjust your screen's height, depth, and angle. This flexibility enables you to set your monitor at the perfect height and angle for your body, reducing the risk of developing musculoskeletal problems.

The Right Height

So, what is the 'right height'? According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK, the top of your computer screen should be at eye level or just below. This position helps you to keep your neck straight and avoid straining your eyes. When you're sitting comfortably, you should be able to look straight ahead without tilting your head up or down.

The Benefits

Beyond helping to maintain proper posture and reducing strain, monitor arms come with additional benefits:

  • Space Saving: By lifting your monitor off your desk, you free up valuable workspace.
  • Flexibility: Monitor arms can be easily adjusted, allowing you to switch between sitting and standing, or move around without losing sight of your screen.
  • Productivity: By reducing discomfort, monitor arms can increase productivity. When you're not distracted by aches and pains, it's easier to focus on the task at hand.

The Investment

Monitor arms are an affordable investment when you consider the long-term health benefits and increased productivity. At "That's My Office", we stock a variety of monitor arms suitable for different needs and budgets.

Remember, an optimal workspace is not a luxury, but a necessity. Investing in the right tools, like monitor arms, will not only enhance your comfort and productivity but also protect you from potential health problems down the line.

In our next blog post, we'll discuss how to pair your monitor arm with other ergonomic equipment for an ideal home office setup. Until then, stay healthy, and remember, at "That's My Office", your comfort is our priority!

Working in the office or home and finding your neck aches? This may affect your other lifestyle enjoyment or sports.

The solution may be a simple one in that your monitor or screen is too low and you find yourself hunched over your desk and craning your neck.

The average head weighs between 2.3 and 5 kilos with 22 bones in the human head which rests on the the neck and seven cervical vertebrae supporting it.

Hold a 5kg weight at an angle for 10 minutes and you realise the impact and strain you put on your neck whilst sitting working.

Image result for holding a 5kg weight

If you place your computer monitor directly in front of you with the center of the screen level with your nose then this is the ideal height and distance you want to work at.

If you work with your laptop or monitor too low or on your desk you will find that you angle your head downward and increase stress on your neck.

Check your self in the mirror to see if your shoulders are raised slightly, check and see if you notice that your shoulders are stiff or ache from time to time.

Remember a screen that is too high may cause you to extend your neck as much as a screen that is too low. 

Some simple products or changes in habit can help you every day..

Getting into good habits is important and getting the right desk and monitor is important (along with a chair, see our guide on this)

Important points to remember are:

  • You should allow for space above your knees when sitting, as well as a keyboard height that keeps your shoulders and arms in that minimal tension, neutral posture.


  • Most desks are between 71cm and 73cm high and check your desk height is at approximately the same level as your elbows when sitting. Ideally a height adjustable desk will ensure you move more during the day avoiding repetitive strain. If, when you sit at a desk, you can keep your elbows bent at approximately a 90-degree angle with straight wrists, you likely have the right desk height.

Height of Desks sitting and standing

  • A monitor arm is an ideal solution for an existing or new desk and can be inexpensive. They are available in a number of colours and price ranges. Remember the more you pay the better the quality, however everyone works to a budget so pay what you are comfortable with, but don’t forget the improvement in mobility and removal of those aches and pains!
  • If you work primarily on a laptop, use a secondary monitor if possible.

At Home and Office Furniture we have a Range of Monitor and desk supporting arms including:

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