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The computer is a vital tool in many different jobs and activities, for adults and children. But long periods of using a computer can increase your chance of developing an injury.
Posture-related injuries from computer use
Back and neck pain, headaches, and shoulder and arm pain are common computer-related injuries. Such muscle and joint problems can be caused or made worse by poor workstation (desk) design, bad posture and sitting for long periods of time.
Although sitting requires less muscular effort than standing, it still causes physical fatigue (tiredness) and you need to hold parts of your body steady for long periods of time. This reduces circulation of blood to your muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments, sometimes leading to stiffness and pain. If a workstation is not set up properly, these steady positions can put even greater stress on your muscles and joints.
Preventing computer-related muscle and joint injuries
Tips to avoid muscle and joint problems include:
1. Sit at an adjustable desk specially designed for use with computers.
Have the computer monitor (screen) either at eye level or slightly lower.
2. Have your keyboard at a height that lets your elbows rest comfortably at your sides. Your forearms should be roughly parallel with the floor and level with the keyboard.
3. Adjust your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor, or use a footstool.
Use an ergonomic chair, specially designed to help your spine hold its natural curve while sitting.
4. Use an ergonomic keyboard so that your hands and wrists are in a more natural position.
5. Take frequent short breaks and go for a walk, or do stretching exercises at your desk. Stand often.
- Laptop was meant for short term usage. To overcome space constraints, most corporates have replaced desktops with laptops, end result being increase in number of Computer related injuries.
7. Parents should put sensible time limits on their children’s computer use and video-game playing.
Preventing injury from laptop computers
Tips to reduce laptop dangers include:
-Use a correctly set-up desktop computer instead of a laptop as often as you can.
-Use peripheral equipment, such as a docking station, separate keyboard, mouse and laptop stand.
-Take frequent breaks.
-Carry your laptop in a backpack or in wheel-along luggage.
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