July 18 2007 Ergonomics Newsletter
The Fingers & Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) from computer use or desk work can cause headaches, eyestrain, & pain through the neck, shoulders, arms and back. "The Fingers" is part of a series that takes a closer look at the mechanism of injury & specific injury prevention techniques for particular pain areas.
Monitor Tips -
To reduce your risk of neck pain, the monitor should be placed directly in front of the keyboard and should be raised so that the top of the screen is at about a 15 degree angle below eye level. The screen should be about a hand length distant. Increase the font size if possible to reduce eye strain. Also, make sure that the monitor screen is clean and adjust contrast so that the letters are crisp and clear.
Some good neck stretches -
Begin in a position of good posture. Tilt your head as if you are trying to touch your right ear to your right shoulder. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat to the other side. Return to neutral position.
Turn your head as if you are looking as far as you can over your right shoulder. Look at an object far is the distance. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat to the other side. Return to neutral position.
Place your hands gently behind your head with your elbows out to the side and look up at the ceiling (the hands should support the weight of the head). Hold for 20 seconds.
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