Ergonomic Office Equipment

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Ergonomic Office Equipment

Sitting behind a desk for long periods of time can cause stress all over the human body. A 2006 study in The American 9,279 emergency room visits for computer related injuries. A number that is up from 1,267 just twelve years earlier. (Bakalar) Other statistics show some very dramatic numbers. The average adult now spends 50-70% of the day sitting at work. 35.7% of all adults in the United States are obese. Musculoskeletal disorders account for about one-third of all injury and illness costs of U.S. businesses. (Middlesworth)
Some ailments and conditions that can occur are; Back Pain, neck pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, poor circulation, Musculoskeletal Problems, numbness in arms, vision problems, repetitive stress injuries, headaches, and even obesity. Fortunately companies that make office equipment are creating new ergonomic models of classic office furniture. Ergonomics is defined as, “The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Chairs that can adjust to specific heights, to allow for proper alignment while viewing a monitor. Laptop docking stations that allow the user to raise the screen to eye level to alleviate neck strain. A computer mouse that fits naturally in the hand to help prevent hand and wrist problems.
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(Rupavate) Common pain sites for this type of injury are neck, back and shoulders. Using your hands or muscles in unnatural positions over and over can cause stiffness, swelling, or pain these areas. Using a mouse that doesn 't fit your hand or typing on a keyboard that is at the wrong angle can put extra stress on the wrist and fingers. A serious form of repetitive stress injury is called carpal tunnel. (The Health Site ) A painful and debilitating condition of the hand and arm caused due to pinched or pressed nerves in the

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