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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reported that work-related musculoskeletal disorders involving the neck, upper extremities, and back are one of the top causes of lost workdays due to injury and illness. For this reason, it is important to have an ergonomic program in place while at work that includes proper equipment, breaks, and good habits for ensuring back and body health when the majority of the day is spent sitting at a desk.
Ergonomic equipment should be used to ensure the best potential of avoiding pain and strains due to long-term sitting at a desk. Some options for ergonomic equipment include the use of wrist rests, using an ergonomic keyboard, and having an adjustable chair which can be fitted to each individual person. The user should follow a “90-90” rule: that is, positioning elbows, hips, knees, and ankles at 90 degree positions for the healthiest alignment while working; and computer monitors should be at eye level.
Taking regular breaks while working and varying the pace and type of work you are doing will help with back and body pains – change positions frequently, and allow yourself to take a break from sitting by walking around and stretching whenever possible. Additionally, make it a string habit to regularly perform back, shoulder, and wrist stretches throughout the day and to do shoulder shrugs several times per day to prevent strain.
Approximately eighty percent of office workers will experience back pain due to posture and habits when working. These pains and sprains can have serious implications for an employer by negatively affecting their dedicated employees’ ability to work. Because of the serious and common nature of back and other body pain from incorrect ergonomics in the workplace, it is incredibly important to ensure that employees are taking regular breaks from their desks, stretching when possible, and practicing proper ergonomic positioning and use of office equipment to manage ideal working conditions.
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