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Using Ergonomics for Less Stress at Work

Using Ergonomics for Less Stress at Work

All too often we come home from work with headache, backache or other aches and pains.  Usually while you’re at work you don’t think too much about how you’re sitting, or using your computer and monitor.  The science of ergonomics has helped us to develop products that helps our body accommodate repetitive positions and activates with less stress and strain. This reduction of stress and strain helps eliminate injury and chronic pain from the workplace.  Even something as simple as purchasing an ergonomic mouse can reduce hand and wrist aches and pains. The same is true for purchasing an ergonomic keyboard. Ergonomic keyboards help to keep the hands and wrists positioned to reduce trauma to nerves and tendons in that area. The occurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome can be greatly reduced by using an ergonomically designed keyboard and mouse.

Take a few moments now to review the following good ergonomics practices.  Look for possible solutions in your own work space to improve your comfort and your health.

 

  • Keep regularly used items within arms reach.  
  • Don’t hold you phone with your shoulder.  For frequent long calls use a headset or a speaker.  
  • Make sure your chair is at the proper height for arms to be straight in line with desk surface as you type.  In fact, sitting in an ergonomically customized chair that meets your body’s needs will greatly reduce stress on your neck, your back, and your shoulders. As you sit in your chair your body should be in a neutral position while working.  No area should be under stress or strain.  Avoid things like reaching or stretching, leaning forward, or moving in awkward or stressful positions as you work.  Ergonomic chairs come in a variety of price ranges and styles. During the purchase evaluate the seating, the back support, the armrests, and the various other adjustments available to make sure you get the chair you need for your work environment.
  • Keeping your forearms, wrists and hands in a straight neutral position helps to avoid repetitive stress health issues.  Using an ergonomic keyboard and mouse will also help you avoid stress.

Once you make the switch to ergonomic products and practices, you will be amazed at how much job stress is reduced.  These practices will help eliminate stress and strain as you work.  Make necessary changes today.