Most of the common complaints reported by office workers are related to musculoskeletal issues. The body parts that are affected the most are usually the back, hips, neck, shoulders, hands, elbows, and wrists. If your workstation does not fit your body properly it can lead to overexertion, chronic joint flexion, and repetitive movements. From here on out work-related musculoskeletal disorders can start to form or existing conditions are aggravated.
These disorders are also known as “repetitive motion injuries” or “overuse injuries”. Although multiple risk factors eventually lead to musculoskeletal disorders, the gist of it can be prescribed to bad posture and the overuse of muscles. These disorders include, but are not limited to:
The result is lower levels of productivity, absent workers, and in the worst-case scenario, workers compensation claims. This is where proper office ergonomics come into play.
Ergonomic tools have been designed specifically to help improve your posture, reduce work stress, and the overuse of muscles. The ideal office tools will reduce your risk of developing or worsening any musculoskeletal issues. These ergonomic accessories will transform your office into a new, and improved space that you’ll want to work in.
The perfect workstation should be fitted with proper seating, an ergonomic desk, task lighting, and adjustable monitor arms. The final touch is finding suitable office tools to complete your setup. These can include:
Sitting down or standing for long periods claims its toll on one’s body. Anti-fatigue mats provide users with comfort and added safety. For those sitting down, a foot rocker can work wonders by promoting movement and increased circulation. It also slightly raises the feet to relieve pressure on your lower back. These accessories are designed to get your feet moving and keep you healthy.
Laptops are wonderful inventions and super convenient in terms of portability, however, it doesn’t do much for the human form. Sitting behind a laptop is definitely not the most comfortable position and before you know it you’re sitting hunched forward and your neck pays the price. Positioning your laptop at an ergonomic height improves user comfort and reduces the risk of long-term injury. What is very important when raising the height of your laptop is to use an external keyboard and mouse. By attempting to work on an elevated laptop you are creating pressure on your wrists.
We all know how useful a mouse is when you do computer work day in and day out. Have you ever wondered how many times you click your mouse per day? The average office worker clicks their mouse around a staggering 5000 times a day! Talk about repetitive movement! Not to mention those of us who use our home computers for gaming. The right mouse can help you keep a relaxed grip for your hand/fingers and can significantly reduce your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Similarly to using the correct mouse, a keyboard tray is crucial in maintaining healthy and pain-free hands, wrists, and arms. We believe a keyboard tray with the correct support is the heart of an ergonomic workstation. For best results, be on the lookout for a tray that promotes negative tilt keying.
Explore a more comfortable and productive way to work. Ergolab’s range of ergonomic office tools and accessories are a great investment in your health and work productivity. Get ready to work in style and comfort!
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