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Avoid PC Transmitted Disease

January 9, 2009

Tired of your computer giving you aches and pains? As more and more jobs require constant computer interaction, more and more people are suffering from tendinitis from over-mousing, back spasms from office chairs, and blurred vision from staring at the monitor. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy while you compute:

Mouse A tablet is a better alternative for your wrist than a traditional mouse, but if you can’t get used to using a stylus or if it is cramping up your fingers, choose a mouse that matches the contour of your hand. Also, find a wrist rest that matches the front edge of the keyboard in width, height, slope, and contour.

Keyboard Split keyboard designs are preferred because they allow you to maintain neutral wrist postures. When selecting a keyboard, look for adjustable feet, as this will accommodate a wider range of keyboard positions and angles.

Chair Your chair should be at a height that allows your feet to be flat on the floor and your thighs to be parallel with the floor. Always practice good posture and do not bend your head excessively forward or backward. The back rest should support your lower back.

Monitor Make sure your monitor is clean. The top of your screen should be at or below eye level and the screen should be tilted backward about 10 degrees. A safe distance of 20”-26” should be between your eyes and the screen.