1. Your Eyes Need a Break

    Try these simple exercises to energize tired eyes after hours of looking a computer screens.   Think to Blink Step 1.             Blinks slowly… feel eyelids touching lower lids. Repeat 5 times Step 2.             Blink lightly and quickly 10 times. End with a relaxing temple massage.   Refocus Your Eyes Step 1.             Focus on the […]

  2. Conventional Ergonomic Wisdom vs. Current Ergonomics

    Here are examples of conventional ergonomic wisdom being disproven. Most involve a relaxing of the previous “strict” rules. Current ergonomics encourage variety and movement rather than an exact posture. Conventional vs Current Monitor Distance 18-24 inches away As far away as possible while still being able to read clearly. Greater distances relax the eyes. Keyboard […]

  3. Forearms, Wrists, and Hands

    Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) result from the mounting effects of performing a task again and again in an awkward position and are among the fastest growing workplace injuries. CTDs account for 60 percent of occupational illnesses. Of these, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most frequently reported. Therefore for optimum comfort and to ward off […]

  4. The Adjustable Workstation

    One size does NOT fit all in an office workstation. Adjustability is key to a computer workstation; chairs, work surfaces, monitor stands, etc., should all be adjustable in order to accommodate the widest range of employees. Although employers may be reluctant to pay for ergonomic office equipment, experts insist the equipment is a wise investment. […]

  5. Are you at Risk for Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?

    There are many risk factors for RSI. The well-known being–spending long hours working with a mouse or sitting in a poorly configured work area. But others are not readily apparent–leaning on your elbow compressing the nerve, sitting on one foot impeding circulation in the legs, pounding away at the keys or gripping the mouse too […]

  6. Tips to Minimize Hand/Arm Discomfort

    Do you experience tingling or numbness in the fingers or hands? Shooting pain in the arms? Repetitive finger movements and awkward wrist positioning while using a computer may lead to or aggravate an existing condition to cause this type of discomfort. To minimize your risk and ease the pain, consider these tips. Lower keyboard legs. […]

  7. Finding Your Comfort Zone

    Rather than working in a single posture, find your comfort zone. Your comfort zone isn’t any one posture, but a range of positions that is generally appropriate and comfortable for your given work situation. Sitting still for long periods can cause discomfort and muscle fatigue. Changing postures throughout the day is vital to maintaining healthy […]

  8. Awkward Posture = Increased Risk for Injury

    Certain characteristics of the work setting have been associated with injury. These work characteristics are called risk factors. And a major risk factor in many office settings is posture. Awkward postures are associated with an increased risk for injury. It is generally considered that the more a joint deviates from the neutral (natural) position, the […]

  9. Which is Better, Sitting or Standing?

    When it comes to a workstation, which is better, sitting or standing? Research shows that both prolonged sitting and prolonged standing are of concern. Therefore it is not an “either- or” situation. The more responsible approach is a combination of sitting and standing activities throughout the work day to minimize the potential for adverse health […]

  10. A Collection of Tips and Research Findings to Help You Perform at Your Best

    Multi-tasking doesn’t work. Stanford University researchers found that when confronted with concurrent streams of electronic information not only are our multi-tasking skills drastically reduced, but we retain less to memory and have shorter attention spans. Adequate Sleep Improves Performance. The average American gets 6.9 hours of sleep most weeknights. And research has found this is […]