Tips for avoiding those high-tech injuries
If you are wondering what exactly does ‘computer health risks’ constitute, you are not alone. Does using an harmless computer actually post any kind of risk to our health?
The truth is, it does. Most of us use our computers, sometimes for extended periods of time, without giving much thought to computer health and safety until we begin to actually experience some type of computer overuse injury symptom.
Sure, computers make our lives easier and how! This innovative ‘do anything’ gadget literally lives up to its name. It helps us do just about anything from keeping in touch with family and friends around the world to paying our utility bills and planning exotic vacations.
However, the downside to computer use is that typing on a keyboard uses what is known as a continuous repetitive motion.
Indulging in any type of continuous repetitive motion for 2 or more hours without a break almost always leads to some type of repetitive stress injury, which could include carpal tunnel syndrome, back aches, inflamed or sprained ligaments or tendons in the shoulders, neck, arms or wrists.
If corrective measures are not taken in time and if the injuries are not properly tended to, it could result in permanent nerve damage.
Unfortunately, computers form an integral part of any office and even if we are aware of the many computer health warnings, it is just not possible to give it up entirely. Taking the appropriate precautionary measures is the key to preventing any type of repetitive stress injury.
If your work involves long hours at the computer, the best thing you can do for yourself is to set up an ergonomically correct workstation. This means making sure that your desk and chair are ergonomically designed with adjustable features that will allow you to customize them to fit your preference and your lifestyle.
Leaving your computer for a few minutes every hour and performing a few ergonomic exercises regularly will also go a long way in reducing or preventing health risk problems, whilst keeping your more productive for longer.