Body postures determine which joints and muscles are used in an activity as well as the amount of force exerted. Poor posture places unusual or excessive forces on components of the body. Examples of poor posture include keeping a computer mouse far from your keyboard or not locating your keyboard and monitor in a straight line from your seat. These kinds of awkward postures create undue stress on your wrists, shoulders and neck. Poor posture, especially at the computer, can exasperate and expedite pressure on your nerves.
Prevention and the Proper Workplace Set up
Repetitive motion injuries can be prevented through a proper workplace set up. Once you make these adjustments to your office or work areas, even if you aren’t feeling symptoms, you will notice how much more natural and comfortable you will feel while working. You will become more productive and have more energy at the end of the day as your physical stress has been reduced.
- Take short, frequent breaks from computer work.
- Get up and move around whenever you feel any symptoms.
- Pause periodically to do relaxation exercises.
- Provide input when your department is purchasing furniture and computer equipment.