Ergo-What?

We’ve all done it: sat in front of a computer so long our eyes hurt, we have a headache, or our wrist hurts. When that happens, we know two things: 1) we’ve got to get away from the computer and 2) we’ve become the victim of poor ergonomics. What are ergonomics?

According to the Wikipedia, “Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.” Whow, long-term disability? From working on a computer? It’s a sad reality, but yes, you can do permanent damage with repetitive stress and motion injuries by working on a computer for an extended period of time with poor ergonomics.

There are a whole host of consultants who are willing and able to help you get your work area set up to reduce the impact that poor ergonomics can have on you. And if you’re already injured, it’s best to consult one of them to make sure you get the exact right setup. But for those of us who aren’t currently hurt and just want to make sure we don’t get hurt, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries has a very good video on how to adjust your computer workstation here.

So quit reading this blog and start adjusting your workstation! You owe it to yourself!

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