Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Perils of PC Posture

Posture while sitting at a computer ...

"We're going to take a shot in the dark and assume that you are sitting in front of a computer monitor while you read this article

Are your shoulders hunched? Your wrists arched back?

How about your neck: Is it craned forward? Is your back aligned with your chair back? Are your feet flat on the floor?

Well, here's some news that might get you to sit straight up in your chair: Along with the majority of the computer-facing population, you could be well on your way to developing a series of unsavory repetitive stress ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, postural syndrome, tendonitis and eye strain.

In the worst-case scenario, you could lose the ability to tell hot from cold, find yourself dropping things or develop a syndrome known as "foot drop," in which pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause a foot to drag while you walk.

eWEEK picked the brains of a slew of ergonomics and other posture professionals, who all voiced the sobering truth that human beings were not designed to fold themselves into computer workstations each day. But, they weren't all gloom and doom—they also suggested simple adjustments workers can make to save themselves from a lifetime of aching backs and sore necks."   continued ...   (Via eWeek)

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