According to Ontario Chiropractic Association, many Canadian office workers suffer from chronic postural strain/sprain due to repititive actions at work. Daily office rutines may look like simple tasks, but they could be added physical, emotional, and mental stress to the workers.
These are some of the useful tips to decrease workplace related repititivve strain injuries:
- Try to position you computer monitor directly in front of at your vision level, you should not look down to the computer screen as it causes chronic straning of neck muscles. If the postion of the monitor is too low, place a couple thick books under your monitor to make at your eye level.
- To use telephone, support the phone with you hand and do not cradle the phone between your ear and your should. You may want to consider using speaker or phone headset.
- Adjust your chair optimally – your knees should be bent approximately a 90-degree angle when your feet are flat on the floor, Adjust the backrest forwards and backwards as well as up and down until it fits the hollow in your lower back.
- Lastly, take a quick stretch break or change position every 30 to 45 minutes.