It’s a common myth that people need a special chair or other special equipment to help them with joint and muscle pain. While there will be some situations where specialist equipment will help the person, for most people this is not the case.
On this page, you will find information about office equipment and how to ensure your current equipment is suitable.
There can often be a misconception that a different chair could help posture and reduce muscle and joint pain. However, the majority of office chairs are suitable for most people.
Your chair should allow you to achieve a comfortable position, be stable and adjustable in height to enable a comfortable leg position. It should also have an adjustable backrest that moves up and down and tilts.
Your desk should give you sufficient leg room underneath and allow for changes in position. The height of your work surface should allow a comfortable position with your arms and shoulders.
Your keyboard should be useable and in good working order. It should be able to tilt and allow a comfortable position. The desk should allow space in front of the keyboard to provide support for the hands and arms.
A standard mouse is ok to use with regular breaks and task changes.
I still feel I may need additional equipment
If you have followed the information but still feel something about your workstation is affecting your muscle and joint pain, then speak with your employer to help decide if you need any further equipment.
Access to Work
If you are disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you should talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace.
If the help you need at work is not covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments, you may be able to get help from Access to Work.
Access to Work can help with specialist equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings. It could also be help to get to and from work.