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Ergonomic tips for the week of 1/4/10

Posted Jan 08 2010 10:37am

January 4, 2009
Ergonomic tip of the day! Every time you move think about your feet. If you are moving without your feet (supported on the floor), you are moving out of balance and you increase your risk of injury. Even reaching or leaning without your feet supported under you can cause and injury or strain. – Use your feet while you move.

January 5, 2010
Ergonomic tip of the day! Eye strain can cause awkward positions, really. Yes, when our eyes become tired and strained from looking at a computer monitor for extended periods of time, we will compensate for not being able to see as well and move our bodies into an unnatural or awkward position. Simple remedy, take a break and rest your eyes once every 20 to 30 min. Also, look at and focus on something far away for 15 to 30 seconds. This will reduce strain on your eyes and prevent awkward positions.

January 6, 2010
Ergonomic Tip of the day! Use your non-dominate hand to mouse. When I suggest this most people become quite guarded. Asking someone use their left hand for mousing can bring up some unique responses. We live in a right handed world and our bodies are becoming more and more out of balance because of it. If you simply use the other hand for just 10 to 15 min a day you will find over time that it’s not so awkward and you can begin the path to using your body in a more balanced fashion. To learn more Click here.

January 7, 2010
Ergonomic Tip of the day! Correct computer monitor placement. The general rule for this is an arms length away and the top 1/3 of the screen should be at eye level. If you find yourself leaning forward to see, the screen is too far away. If you find yourself leaning back into your chair, the screen is too close. If you wear glasses or contacts, consult your eye doctor for the proper placement based on your prescription.

January 8, 2010
Ergonomic Tip of the day! Adjustable arm rests on office chairs. The proper placement for arms rests is quite simple. Basically the height should be at place where you don’t find yourself reaching to rest your arm, (too low) or shrugging your shoulders, (too high). A very relaxed resting position or neutral position is what you are looking for. You should not need to contort your body in order to use them. Remember, they re called arm rests for a reason, they are for resting.

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