Items to make your workspace as ergonomic as possible
If you spend a considerable amount of time on the computer, it’s something worth looking into at the bare minimum.
We spend a lot of time directly in front of screens now, often in the sitting position. To that effect, many health professionals are saying sitting is the new smoking, as far as negative health outcomes are concerned.
Properly mitigating the effects of sitting in front of a screen and completing repetitive tasks expected of computer work (or even computer leisure) is essential to anyone who spends a significant amount of time on the computer. Ergonomics is the name of the game here. Ergonomics simply relates to how well an item fits alongside the human body. You’ve probably seen handles on some items that have indentations to put your fingers in. That’s an example of ergonomic design.
What do you need to be on the lookout for? Here they are:
The chair is arguably the most important part of the ergonomic kit you’re looking to build. It should support the back when you sit in a proper, upright position, as well as have enough customizability to it to allow you to recline and relax your muscles when necessary. It’s important that everything can be moved and contoured to your specific body. The armrests and headrests, for instance, should be moveable.
Next up is the keyboard. The human body hasn’t evolved to be using a straight-shot keyboard for several hours a day. While it hasn’t really evolved to use an ergonomic keyboard either, they’ll significantly reduce the strain on both your wrists and fingers. Key features to look for would include padded resting areas for your wrists while using the computer, and a gentle winding shape is best as opposed to the normal 90-degree rectangle keyboard.
Next up is the mouse – an integral part of anyone’s battle station no matter what kind of stuff they get up to on their computer. Wrist pain is very common in whatever hand people use to handle their mouse – most often the right hand. The best ergonomic mouse for wrist pain has a few vital necessities. First, the fingers not on the mouse should easily rest inside contoured areas, even better if the natural weight of the hand helps to keep the mouse planted. Next, buttons on the sides of these contoured areas that allow the user to navigate pages or even custom maps, are essential in alleviating repetitive stress injuries as the movements required to press these buttons should be very slight.
Ergonomic Mouse Pad
The mouse needs a companion, which is none other than the mouse pad. The right mouse pad will support the part of the arm and wrist that leads up to the hand itself, allowing whoever is at the computer to relax their muscles while still being able to get the job done.
The adverse effects of consistent screen time are insidious and difficult to track, but wrist pain and an increased risk of developing arthritis is no laughing matter. If you spend a considerable amount of time on the computer, it’s something worth looking into at the bare minimum.
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