Over time I have become more aware with my posture and how I am working. I share a desk and chair with Lee now that I work from home, but the set up doesn’t work well for me. I am significantly shorter and therefore I need things to be positioned differently. I also have a monthly sports massage as otherwise I feel pain in the neck and lower back. My eldest daughter is the same due to studying and being scrunched over a desk to work.
Many of us would benefit from working in a better, more economical position and for those with joint issues like hypermobility it can have a really positive impact if you have the right equipment. I have been reading research recently about standing up to work as it is better for your body. Repetitive Strain Injury normally affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, shoulders and neck. RSI is usually caused by activity repeated over a long period of time. It often occurs in people who work with computers either typing, using a mouse or talking on the phone at an awkward angle. The NHS Livewell campaign aims to help workers reduce the symptoms of RSI and SPEEDLINKS business essentials products are designed to improve posture, reduce RSI and ensure you can work more comfortably from your desk. We are aware of this as my daughter has unstable wrists and resorts to wearing splints when in pain.
Top Tips to improve your workplace:
- Laptop Lift: If you use a laptop for work this can cause strain to your wrist and eyes. Consider a laptop raiser, peripheral keyboard and mouse. A docking station or hub will also assist with cable management and the ability to access a larger display screen which can prevent visual strain.
- Screen Height: Ensure your screen is positioned at the appropriate height and angle for your stature and line of sight. Ideally the top 1/3rd of the screen should be positioned at your eye level and be an arm’s length distance away. The screen should ideally be tilted backwards a small amount to optimise visibility.
- Move Regularly: Set a reminder to regularly change posture, stand and / or even walk when working for extended durations in a seated position. Changing posture regularly reduces the risk of musculoskeletal, psychological and visual issues.
- Sit Pretty: It’s vital your chair has adequate adjustability to support you while working. Any chair used for work should have a minimum of 5 castors, a swivel base and adjustability for seat height and backrest height and tilt. Each day take a couple of minutes to adjust the chair for your stature and work environment.
- No Slumping: Reduce spinal compression in an upright position by engaging your core and shoulder stabilising muscles. These muscles work statically to reduce spinal compression and load on the shoulder and upper limb.
- Eyes Wide Open: Avoid viewing your screen for extended durations. Try regularly focussing on distal points and even intermittently increase blinking frequency which prevents visual strain. Adjust character size, brightness and contrast of the screen to ensure you can view the screen without visual strain.
- Lights On: Check the lighting is adequate for your work environment. You should be able to easily view the screen. There should be no significant glare or reflections.
- Desktop Tidy: Keep frequently accessed items within easy reach. Frequently used items such as the keyboard and mouse need to be close enough to use without stretching or straining muscles.
Speedlink have a range of business products that make life easier and will keep workers and students healthier. They sent us a mouse to use and see if it feels better. We have found that our wrists do not get a fatigued or achy when using this clever design.
Speedlink have also provided the following Mouse to giveaway.
DESCANO Ergonomic Vertical Mouse SRP £37.99 Amazon
This stunning mouse promotes a healthier way of working and helps prevent your wrist from getting tired. Thanks to the vertical shape your wrist rests on the desktop and always stays in a relaxed position even when making repetitive movements. Once you get used to the mouse, you will notice a more comfortable way to work. SRP £37.99 from Amazon
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