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Avoid Pain While Using a Computer

By Paul Rothbart

Let's face it. We live in a society that is addicted to technology. Information, entertainment, and even occupations rely on sitting in front of screens. With the rise in remote work, more time than ever is spent at a desktop or laptop. Hours in one position, head at the same angle, hands on a keyboard, back hunched over take quite a toll on the body. Neck, shoulder, and back pain are prevalent and sometimes accompanied by tingling in the hands and fingers. Must technology be forsaken? Not at all. Here are some tips to keep computing with fewer physical issues. 

Positioning of Equipment

Setting up a desk or workspace properly can go a long way toward minimizing pain. Adjust your monitor so that your eyes are level with the top edge. Place it at a distance that allows you to easily read from the screen. Keep your keyboard, mouse and other commonly used tools within easy reach to prevent strain while grasping for them. The keyboard should be level with the hands, never forcing a reach up. While using a laptop, an external keyboard should be employed to maintain this same position.

Feet Firmly Planted

The chair is a very important part of the workspace. Choose one with good lumbar support and adjust so both feet are flat on the floor. Dangling feet can stress the lower back. A slightly reclined position is better than sitting at ninety degrees. Also, keep a couple of inches from the backs of the knees to the edge of the chair. This prevents tension from building in the legs. If the chair has armrests, lower them enough that your shoulders can relax. This is one of the major causes of tension and pain in the neck. 

Take Frequent Breaks

Frequent doesn't just mean the typical once every two hours. Stand up, move around and stretch a bit every fifteen minutes or so. It will only take about a minute and the interruption to work is minimal. Make sure to still take longer breaks on the old two hour schedule. Don't be chained to your desk.

Nearly everyone spends at least some time each day in front of a computer. With the ever growing number of work at home employees, that time can be rather long. Poor posture and extended hours in one position cause pain and strain. By keeping the body in the best ergonomic position and getting away from the screen periodically, feeling good and working efficiently can be achieved. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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