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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Don't Let Your Job Steal Your Health -- Computer Ergonomics

Computer usage and carpal tunnel syndrome are associated with each other in the minds of most people.  However, carpal tunnel syndrome is only one of the many overuse injuries caused by improper computer use that we have seen at Christopher Chiropractic.  Here are some tips to help keep your posture in check.

1. Adjust your chair so that your knees are about the same height as your hips and your feet are slightly in front of your knees.

2. Your lower back should be supported with a lumbar support.  You should sit straight up or lean slightly back.

3. Your shoulders should be relaxed and back with your elbows close to your body and supported by armrests. 

4. Your wrists and hands should be in line with your forearms and roughly parallel to the floor.

5. Your head should be in line with your shoulders from the side and straight in line with your torso from front to back. You should look straight ahead.

Poor computer posture can cause injuries

6. Take regular rest breaks.  Get up for a drink of water occasionally and stop frequently to stretch  your shoulders,  neck  and back for a few seconds.

7. The top of the monitor should be at eye level so that you are looking down very slightly to reduce eye strain without looking too far down and putting unnecessary stress on your neck.

8. Every   few  minutes  take  a  break  from looking at your monitor to reduce eye strain. Look out the window or at an object that is at least thirty feet away. 

 

At Christopher Chiropractic, our doctors can not only correct spinal misalignments caused by injuries or years of improper posture, but they can also make personalized recommendations about your diet, give you stretches and exercises to target your specific health problems, or perhaps even do an ergonomic assessment of your workspace to prevent spinal misalignments in the future.  Call today (606)  549-4811 for more information on how our experience, technology and educational programs can help improve how you function at work by correcting and preventing future spinal and health problems caused by years or months of unhealthy work  habits.



 


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