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Repetitive Strain Injuries

As your workload at the office increases, so do repetitive actions, such as typing, using your computer mouse and talking on the phone.  These routine tasks seem simple, but they can add a level of physical stress to the emotional and mental stress of getting the job done.  In fact, repetitive strain injuries have skyrocketed in the last 20 years due to the increasing reliance on workplace technology.

Try these tips to reduce the strain:

Computer Monitor - position your computer screen directly in front of you.  Allow the muscles in your eyes to relax by following the 20/20/20 rule.  Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and focus on an object that is at least 20 feet away from you.

Telephone - Use your hand to support the telephone against your ear and alternate sides regularly.  Do not cradle the phone between your ear and your shoulder.  Consider using a headset or speaker.

Chair - sit upright and all the way to the back.  Place a support cushion or roll against the arch of your low back for lumbar spine support.

Lastly, don't forget to take a quick stretch break or change position every 30 to 40 minutes.  Your back, neck and shoulders will thank you for it.