Health Tip: Symptoms of Computer Strain
Frequent computer use -- especially when it involves poor posture or keystroke repetition -- can damage nerves, muscles, tendons or ligaments.
Here are common symptoms of computer-related injury, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
- Numbness of the fingers.
- Pain or soreness in the lower back, neck, shoulders or wrists.
- Dryness, redness and soreness of the eyes, or blurred vision.
Health Tip: Sit Properly at the Computer
Stretching your neck and working your wrists at a computer for hours at a time can strain much of the body.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions to help reduce computer pain and discomfort:
- Sit up straight, with your ears lined up with the top of your shoulders, and your shoulders lined up with the hips.
- Relax your upper arms, and hold them close to your body. Keep your hands and wrists straight in front of your arms.
- Keep your hands and fingers relaxed when typing or clicking on the mouse.
- Take regular breaks and relax your hands and fingers.
- Give your eyes a rest and look away from the computer every so often. Also, try to position your screen to reflect the least glare.
- Place your computer monitor about an arm's length in front of you, and right at eye level so you don't have to look up or down to view the monitor.