How to Prevent Common Computer Injuries
Just as carpenters put a lot of strain on their back, boxers suffer head injuries and tennis players suffer from elbow problems, working at the office 8 hours a day, five days a week can produce its own set of problems. The main issues start when you type 50 words a minute for those whole 8 hours a day five days a week putting a lot of strain on your fingers, arms and wrists.
When all these body parts work together for great amounts of time, they are put under pressure, significantly increasing the risks for a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome arises when the nerve running from the forearm to the hand becomes compressed causing tingling sensations, pain, weakness and numbness in the hand and wrist. This compression is due to the irritated tendons which swell causing the median nerve to be compressed.
There are several ways to prevent carpal syndrome in the office, following are some guidelines that may prevent common computer injuries:
-Ensure that the keyboard is lower than the elbows and the wrists slightly higher than the fingers.
-Slightly touch the keybord lightly instead of pressing on the keys.
-Take at least a five minute break for every hour.
-Rotate your wrists when you can to release some tension
-Invest in a wrist rest device so to allow your wrists to remain straight.
-Invest in an ergonomic keyboard
Carpal syndrome is only one of the many conditions that may be encountered at the office. Eye strain, back and neck strain are other common problems that can be avoided if certain precautions are taken.
For instance, staring at a bright monitor all day may cause headaches and eye strain. This can be avoided by using add-on screen filters. Eyeglasses are generally preferred versus contact lenses in the long run because contacts may be more likely to produce eye strain.
Back and neck strain may be reduced by learning how to sit straight with relaxed shoulders. Your arms should be at a 90 degree angle with your neck, back and waist in a straight position.
It can never be emphasized enough the importance for workplaces to provide comfortable chairs, keyboards desks and lights. Working at the office may look like a light duty job when compared to other heavier jobs such as construction work, but the end results may ultimately be similar after years spent in a wrong posdition putting uinnecessary strain on important nerves, muscles and ligaments
Some helpful devices
Gel Crystal Flex Rest is perfect for smaller workstations and travel. The gel cushion conforms to your wrist to alleviate pressure while working with your computer.
The WaveRest Gel Mouse Pad from Belkin lets you input data more comfortably and provides a smooth tracking surface for your mouse. Our specially designed ergo support pad is perfect when youre typing for long periods or surfing the Internet. The patented GelFlex Comfort Zone conforms to your hands curves and helps reduce wrist stress that could lead to repetitive motion disorders.
Ease the nagging pain in your wrist with this hot and cold wrap with the power of magnets. Magnetic Wave therapy studies have shown than magnets may be an effective therapy for enhancing the relief of pain and improving blood flow.
3M's antiglare filter stops eyestrain and discomfort. It requires no assembly and fits 16- to 18-inch monitors. 3M offers a lifetime warranty.
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