The ergonomically correct desk set up

Do you get neck or back ache sitting at work?

It is important to ensure an ergonomically correct desk set up. Here are some tips to improve your workstation:

1. Hips and knees should be at 90 degrees, you may need to put a box or phone book under your feet to raise them.

2. Elbows should be at 90 degrees and hands on the keyboard (you should not need to reach forward to use the keyboard).

3. Screen should be at eye level, you should not be looking up or down at your screen. If you are using a laptop and you can’t have the hands on the keyboard with the screen at eye level, then arrange for an external keyboard so that you can elevate the laptop itself so that the screen is at eye level.

4. Keep items that you reach for regularly in close proximity, and infrequently used items can be kept further away.

5. If you are reading documents while typing, invest in a document holder, and have it by the computer screen at eye level.

6. Try to take regular breaks from your sitting position, preferably stand up every 20-30 minutes, even if it is only for 20 seconds it is great for your back to change position regularly. Even better – add some exercises into your routine when taking breaks. Here are some fun ideas to try.

7. If you want to use a fit ball for sitting, remember that it is very difficult to maintain a good posture sitting on one of these for the whole day, you are better off to sit on it for 20 minutes, then swap to a supportive chair for 30-60 minutes, then swap again to the swiss ball, and so on.

ergonomically correct desk set up

Gold Coast Physiotherapy – Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach Physiotherapy Centres 07 5535 5218


Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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