Workstation joint and muscle strain are now commonplace in the computer era. Changes to your workstation setup and routine can eliminate workstation strain. If you sit at a desk all day, there’s a good chance that your body is feeling the stress. Here are a few easy, inexpensive tips that can help a lot.
If not addressed, workstation joint and muscle strain can easily lead to lifelong chronic afflictions. Neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain and carpal tunnel syndrome can all be consequences of poor computer workstation ergonomics. Standing workstations have become very popular over the last few years. Ergonomically designed desk chairs are also still a top choice for work area seating. Whether you choose to stand or sit while working is entirely a personal choice. For many mixing it up is the best solution. What’s most important is that your workstation is set up properly to minimize unnecessary stress on your body.
Subtle changes to an office environment can result in health benefits. For example, the height of a computer monitor or keyboard makes a difference over time. When too high, tilting your head back to see the screen fatigues the neck and shoulder muscles. When too low, a keyboard that causes you to bend your wrists at too great an angle can cause problems with your fingers and wrist.
Here are some ways to avoid workstation joint and muscle strain:
- A correctly adjusted workstation can help minimize the awkward postures that can irritate or strain bone-muscle-tendon connections. Keep your monitor in front of you at a height that allows you to look straight ahead without tilting your head forward or back.
- Arrange things you use often, such as keyboards and phones, where you can easily reach them. Adjust your chair and keyboard tray so you aren’t required to bend your wrists up or down, or to one side or another.
- Adjust your chair so that your feet, back and wrists are supported in a neutral posture. Be sure they are positioned to allow you to work with the least amount of strain to your musculoskeletal system.
- To reduce stress, take brief but frequent rest breaks to stretch your fingers, hands, arms and torso. Periodically take a few minutes to stand up and walk around. Try doing some tasks while standing, such as when using your computer or phone, reading and during virtual meetings.
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