Posted by: admin in Chiropractic Insights on August 17th, 2011

Workers such as data entry personnel, architects, graphic designers, animators and computer-aided design users spend countless hours in front of computers barely ever changing position.  Does this sound familiar?  If your job keeps you planted at your desk all day, consider the following factors to help prevent injuries:

     1.  Prevent forearm overuse-Find a mouse that fits your hand, and then slide your palm up to rest on the mouse and use your whole arm to move the mouse when possible.  If you rest your wrist on the desk for extended periods, consider using a soft gel pad to minmize pressure on the carpal tunnel.  The best solution is to invest in a graphic tablet that will allow you to use a digital pen with a more relaxed and neutral position of the fingers, hand, wrist and forearm.

     2,  Prevent neck pain-You should be able to use your mouse with your elbow at your side and your hand directly in front of you.  Try a keyboard that has a separate number pad or one that is on the left of the keyboard, which frees up space on the right for the mouse.

     3.  Choose a specialty chair-Recently, more chairs have been designed with a pear-shaped back, particularly with mouse-intensive users in mind.  This type of chair supports the spine and frees the scapula to move, encouraging whole-arm use rather than motion only from the wrist.*

*(reprinted with permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by the doctor or other licensed health care professional.
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