"Office employees who sit at their computers for eight or more hours daily report frequent aches and pains, ranging from stiff necks to lower backaches to numb wrists. Add to that list "BlackBerry thumb," the throbbing sensation many users feel in their digit from too much typing on the hand-held device.
The good news is a few small adjustments to your workstation and your daily routine should alleviate, or even prevent, the pain.
The most important thing office workers can do, according to those who study ergonomics, is to take short breaks every 30 minutes. That might seem frequent, but you don't even need to leave your desk. Just stand up and roll your shoulders back a few times. Holding the same posture for hours and repeating the same activities--typing and clicking a mouse--puts strain on muscles over time. Taking breaks eases that tension.
"There's a lot of social pressure to sit at your desk all day," says Deborah Quilter, the author of two books on repetitive strain injury. "Managers worry that their employees lose productivity, but [they] will gain productivity in the long term. If your employees are healthy, there's less downtime and fewer workers'-compensation costs." (Continued via Forbes.com, Tara Weiss) [Ergonomics Resources]