Monday, April 21, 2014

How Ergonomic Office Products Improve Health

We all hear about how great ergonomic products are for office workers, but ironically, very few people actually realize what they do to help us. If you know how to use them, ergonomic office products can boost comfort head to toe, but there are tons of other ways they work behind the scenes to improve health. Today, we'll offer some insight on how ergonomic items work to help you, and give some valuable tips on helping you to work your ergonomic items. Enjoy!


Eye Strain

For those with eye problems, computers can be a real challenge in an office environment. Not only do the bright screens and glare strain the eyes so much it feels like we've spent the day in the desert, but when a computer screen is improperly placed, overtime it can damage the whole upper body. To remedy the symptoms of computer eye strain, try adjusting the brightness of your computer screen in the settings. Putting your computer on "Energy Saving" or on an ecologically conscious setting reduces brightness and saves power. Making sure these screen is an arm's length away from the face, and that the top of the screen does not rise above eye-level is another way to reduce eye strain and muscle pain.  Adjustability and pain relief can be achieved with computer monitor arms for office use.


Neck Pain

In addition to reducing eye strain, adjustable monitor arms can also help relieve pain in muscles attached to the neck. When a computer user looks at an unnatural angle to see their screen everyday, neck and shoulder muscles can readjust themselves, becoming weaker on one side and stronger on another. When the person moves back into a normal forward-facing position, the lopsided muscles create a sense of discomfort and pain. Because of this, it is paramount that computer screens are in the right position, facing the individual (not their shoulder), and not too high or low. Chairs with headrests, like the B6888-HR Mesh Ergonomic Chair with Headrest by Boss, can relieve pain by letting users relax their neck muscles periodically.

Arms and Hands

Wrist Pain

When computer users type, few of them realize the gravity of where their keyboards are placed. When keyboards are placed too high, for example, on top of an office desk rather than at arm level, it can cause all sorts of health risks that can be detrimental to the hands and wrists. Raising the arms to type can reduce circulation to the hands, causing joint pain, arthritis, and even risk of carpal tunnel syndrome in extreme cases. Shopping for ergonomic keyboard platforms for sale and mounting one under the desk to keep hands parallel to arms is an excellent way to remedy this problem. While you're at it, go ahead and make sure your arms are supported by armrests on your chair. The dead weight of them can be exhausting on the shoulders by the end of the day otherwise.


Back Pain

Few ways are better to handle office back pain that with exercise and comfortable ergonomic chairs. The human body is designed to stand rather than sit, so when desk users sit down to work, they force their spines to take on all the weight of the upper body as opposed to the weight being distributed through the legs when standing. This can cause that terrible pain in the back and muscles that many of us are all too familiar with. Fortunately, ergonomic task chairs reduce pain by providing extra lumbar support and flexibility. However, for those that want to go the extra mile, height adjustable ergonomic office desks are another solution to back pain. Users that stand to work for most of the day (with periodic sitting breaks) report better focus and reduced pain!

Legs and Feet

Foot Pain

Ever stood up and wobbled after a long day of working? Seems weird, given that you've likely been sitting all day, but in reality, most peoples' knees have experienced a lot of stress just from sitting. Pressure from the edge of the seat on the backs of the knees can limit circulation, causing them to fall asleep during the workday. In severe cases, it can even lead to blood clots, which is why choosing an office chair with a waterfall seat is so important. Chairs like the MF22-BURG Hawk Chair are gentle on the legs and even offer height adjustability to keep the feet on the ground. However, if your chair keeps your feet dangling, there are plenty of office footrests to reduce back pain, improve posture and circulation. Remember, ergonomics improve health head to toe. Be sure to give yourself these benefits in the office for the best experience possible!

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