Body postures determine which joints and muscles are used in an activity, as well as the amount of force exerted. Poor postures place unusual or excessive forces on components of the body. Examples of poor positions include keeping a computer mouse far from the keyboard or not locating the keyboard and monitor in a straight line from your seat. These kinds of Awkward Positions create undue stresses at the wrists, shoulders, and neck.

Poor posture and awkward positions, especially at the computer, can exasperate and expedite pressure on nerves.

Prevention and the Proper Workplace Set-up:

Repetitive Motion Injuries can be prevented through a proper workplace set-up. Once you make these adjustments to your office or work areas, even if you aren’t feeling symptoms, you’ll notice how much more natural and comfortable you’ll feel while working. You will become more productive and have more energy at the end of the day as your physical stress has been reduced.
  • Take short, frequent breaks from computer work,
  • Get up and move around whenever you feel any symptoms,
  • Pause periodically to do relaxation exercises,
  • Give input when your department is purchasing furniture and computer equipment.