* A list of common office-related pains and their probable causes:
Head, Neck, and Shoulder Pain - Twisting one's head out of its most natural, most relaxed position in order to view keyboard platforms or computer screens.
Upper and Lower Back Pain - Slouching at work, commonly out of habit or to view a computer screen, keyboard, or other device. Chair position, desk height, and the layout of one's workstation may also play a factor in habitual slouching.
Leg Pain - Typically a result of one's chair being too high. When the chair is too high and feet are not flat on the floor, and are dangling in the air instead, gravity forces all the weight of the legs upon the backs of the knees where they bend over the chair. This often cuts off blood flow, resulting in numbness or a tingly feeling while at work, and pain afterwards. Those with blood conditions should immediately try to correct their chair position if this is the case.
Hand and Arm Pain - Often caused by lifting or lowering one's arms/hands on a regular basis in order to type or reach a desktop. If you type or write in such a position that your hands must bend up or down to reach the desk, the action can disrupt blood flow through the limbs, even contributing to carpal tunnel syndrome.
The Road To Recovery
* Below is a list of common office pains and the devices that may help treat them:
Head, Neck, and Shoulder Pain - Adding an adjustable monitor arm to your computer setup allows users to change the position of their computer screen without having to reconfigure their entire workstation. Simply move the monitor to the ideal viewing position (at eye-level, when the head upright and facing forward, about an arm's length away from the face). As an added bonus, monitor arms also free up desk space! (Chairs with headrests may also help...)
Upper and Lower Back Pain - For upper back pain, high back ergonomic chairs are ideal. By providing support to the upper back, the body is not as tempted to slouch forward, forcing all the weight of a person's body on their spine, which initially causes the upper back pain. For lower back pain, mid back chairs may be sufficient support. Users who don't commonly slouch may appreciate the opportunity to stretch over the low back of their chair, helping to relieve pain. Sufficient lumbar support is critical for both pain types.
Leg Pain - For leg pain, height adjustable chairs with waterfall seats are ideal. The height adjustability allows users to ensure their feet are able to stay flat on the floor (with the knees ideally bent at 90-degree angles) to avoid pain. The waterfall seat reduces pressure on the knee backs, helping to encourage proper blood flow.
Hand and Arm Pain - Arm pain caused by chronic lifting or lowering of the arms/hands in order to perform office duties can be solved by two things. One, is with a retractable keyboard tray. These trays are often height adjustable and can help ensure the user keeps their hands in the ideal position for typing (elbows bent at 90-degree angles, with the palms face down, hands parallel to the forearms). Option two is a height adjustable desk. Adjusting the height of your office desk so that your hands remain in the ideal position (mentioned above) allows users to perform office functions such as typing or writing without stretching to reach the desktop.