Back pains, eye strain, wrist problems...the modern work environment has a whole host of health issues built into it. Without having the right office setup, you can find yourself suffering from aches and pains that can make the workplace feel unbearable. The wrong setup can cause stress, aching and physical pains that may lead to irritation and even serious health issues. The good news? A lot of these issues can be fixed simply, easily and without much effort at all.
Office ergonomics is the focus on how to make your work space more efficient, by changing the physical aspects that may be holding you back. Here are some basic changes you can make to ensure a more productive workday and less at home pains.
People have funny ways of holding the mouse and even stranger ways of typing. There's nothing wrong with being unique, but improper form can cause wrist pains and even carpal tunnel. Try keeping your wrists and forearms straight while typing and keep your wrist slightly elevated while using the mouse, so it isn't angled. If possible, consider buying a mouse with a wrist rest.
I'm sure your mother at some point told you to sit up straight. Throughout a long work day it may be difficult, but good posture is key to keeping your back healthy. If you are able to, adjust your chair so you are sitting with your back straight, your legs 90 degrees and your feet flat on the floor. This will help with back pains, feet pains and even keeping you more alert and active.
Eye strain can become a major issue, especially if you are spending your entire day at your desk. Make sure your screen is about 20-30 inches from your face and you are facing directly forward towards it. If need be, adjust the brightness of the screen, as well as the contrast. There are certain software programs that can help with adjusting your screen for the time of day, which can be very effective with reducing the strain on your eyes.
Remember, strange and awkward angles may feel good for a few minutes, but in the long run, they may cause health issues. If you're feeling restless, stand up every once in a while and move around a bit. Stretch and relax; then sit back down with your back straight, wrists straight and head facing forward. These tips may seem pretty simple, but they could be the difference between a productive day at work and a rough day with serious pains.© 2015 Tiffiny Marinelli, Energy in Motion