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Computer workstations to accommodate low back pain

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Relief from chronic LBP frequently requires the reduction of pressure from the lower spine, often only achieved by lying flat on one’s back (supine). Unfortunately, most computer workstations do not allow users to work from such a position. Therefore, a product search was conducted, via the Internet and through discussions with other Rehabilitation professionals, to identify the range of computer workstations currently available for use from a reclined or supine position. Four types of systems were identified.

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Laptray

  • Typically used in bed or when user is seated on the floor
  • Workstation rests on support surface (i.e. bed or floor)
  • Designed for use with Laptop computer

Boom Support

  • Typically used in bed or reclining chair
  • Workstation rests on floor and supports computer components over user from one side
  • Some workstations may be adjusted to accommodate access from supine position
  • Some workstations have the capacity for full-size computers and peripheral attachments

Crossbar Support

  • Designed for use with bed or reclining chair
  • Workstation rests on floor and supports computer components over user from both sides
  • Increased base of support allows for heavier (full size) computer equipment and peripherals

Integrated Chair System

  • Most chairs recline but do not allow access from supine position
  • Computer components adjusted individually to accommodate chair position
  • Can accommodate full size computer equipment



Author: Scott Haynes
Affiliation: Georgia Tech - CATEA
Web Site: http://www.workrerc.org