Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Ergo your way to less crabbiness

Basic office ergonomics tips from Microsoft ...

"You know that you feel better when your body is in good shape; why do you let it all fall to pieces the minute you step through your office door? It's time to think about staying in shape while at work too.

... "Neutral posture" refers to the resting position of each joint, i.e., the position in which there is the least amount of tension or pressure on nerves, tendons, muscles, and bones. It's also the position in which muscles are at their resting length, neither contracted nor stretched. Some examples of your body in the neutral posture:

Your lovely fingers are gently curved, in their natural resting position. They're not spread apart, and they're neither fully straightened out nor tightly curled.

Your wrist is in line with your forearm. It's neither bent up nor bent down, and it's definitely not bent towards the thumb or towards the little finger. Ouchie!

The shoulders are in a resting position when they are neither pulled forward, back, or down, nor elevated.

Your head is balanced on your spinal column. It's not tilted forward, back or to either side, and it's not rotated to the left or right. Look straight ahead, kid."   (Continued via Microsoft)   [Ergonomics Resources]

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