By Christy Kumar, PT at Action Reaction Physical Therapy
Tip of the week: Set up your work environment so that everything you use frequently is within an arm’s reach. Also, keep the things you work on (i.e. computer, paperwork) directly in front of you, so you are not twisting your body or neck.
Are you spending 8 hours a day reaching for the phone and twisting to get things out of drawers? Here are some additional tips to organize your work space to optimize your efficiency and decrease repetitive strain on your body. You can also check out this website from some more descriptions. http://wisha-training.lni.wa.gov/Training/flash/ComputerWorkstation/ErgoOfficeLauncher.htm
Sit in your chair with feet flat on the floor with knees at the level of your hips
Keep the keyboard close to you and around elbow height
Support your forearm on the armrest or desk when typing or mousing, making sure you are not reaching too far forward
Keep the wrists straight as you type (do not angle the keyboard up)
The top of the computer should be 1-2 inches below eye level
Do not bend and twist to reach things on your desk or in filing cabinet. Turn your chair to face what you need directly. If you need to access something in a low filing cabinet, make sure to protect your back! Stand and face the cabinet, squatting down or hinging at the hips to keep the back straight.