Avoiding A Pain In The Neck At The Office

avoiding a pain in the neckSitting in front of a computer all day can be a pain in the neck…literally. There are a few simple changes you can make to your office to give your back, neck, eyes and even wrists a break.

“¢ Use a desk or a computer workstation that is ergonomically correct. Look for a non-reflective work surface (if you have a glass desktop, add a desk pad to cut down on glare) and a pullout keyboard tray. An articulating keyboard tray makes it easy to adjust your keyboard to the height that’s right for you.

“¢ Use an ergonomically correct office chair that supports your back while absorbing and distributing your weight. You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy an ergonomically correct chair, especially considering desk chairs with ergonomic features are less expensive than before and offer a few features found in higher-end chairs.

“¢ Keep frequently used equipment and supplies within reach to avoid straining your back. Rather than play a game of Twister to grab what you need, store items logically and within reach.

“¢ Minimize eyestrain and fatigue by selecting one or several lighting options. There’s ambient or general lighting, natural lighting, fluorescent lighting, and task lighting. You can use one or a combination of these lighting sources to achieve the right amount of light.

“¢ Reduce the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by using an ergonomic wrist rest, mouse, and adjustable and articulating keyboard. Wrist and mouse rests made from foam-like and gel materials, are available in interesting colors and stylish patterns.

The final key to giving your body a break: remember to take breaks throughout the day, especially if you stay in the same position for a long period of time.

Lisa KanarekAbout The Guest Author: Lisa Kanarek is one of the nation’s leading home office experts and the author of several books including Home Office Solutions. She is the founder of HomeOfficeLife, a firm that advises corporations and individuals on all aspects of working from home and writes the blog, Working Naked.


3 Comments Avoiding A Pain In The Neck At The Office

  1. Rachel Breet Richmond

    Great information! I have noticed that a number of office environments have started to post exercises that can be done at the desk, so people can maintain movement. It seems to be especially helpful when the office staff is thin…due to holiday vacations, or just a small staff in general. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Neck Exercises

    Good post and information. I would also suggest making sure the monitor of the computer screen be eye level. I would recommend to take breaks every hour and to do some gentle stretching and neck exercises to reduce neck pain.


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