Healthy workingOffice employees suffer from daily strains while doing repetitive actions (typing and using the mouse). Combined with bad sitting posture these "small" strains can already lead to pain, reduced sensation or even numbness in fingers, wrists, arms and shoulders as well as in the neck area after some years of high workload.
This problem (known as Repetitive Strain Injury, RSI) is avoidable in most cases if you adapt an ergonomic posture and take regular micro breaks.
- Sit actively
Do not remain in the same position over several hours, keep your body moving. If you currently don't use keyboard or mouse, rest your hands in your lap.
- Take regular breaks
Instead of having only a few long breaks take more shorter breaks instead (shake out your hands and arms at least every five minutes, stand up every half an hour). Look out of the window at a far away object regularly to relax your eyes.
- Keep your elbows close to your waist
The distance between your body and the keyboard should be minimal so that you don't have to reach out with your hands while typing. Keep your elbows close to your waist and the mouse next to the keyboard.