Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Office Stretching & Workstation Ergonomics
My girlfriend, Emily, recently moved from a very physically active day job to a fairly sedentary one. To make matters worse, the new job is located in a neighborhood that is not terribly safe, rendering walks at lunch time out of the question.
Having few options for a change of scenery during the day, she asked me (weeks ago, I've been slacking!) if I could post some stretches that can be done within the office to alleviate the tight muscles that come with repetitive work at a computer desk station.
I decided not to re-invent the wheel for this one... The Mayo Clinic presents a slide show on their website featuring 9 stretches that can be completed at your desk. One of the back stretches is displayed with this post. Clear here to view the complete routine.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have a comprehensive website explaining workstation ergonomics. This will teach you proper positioning of your desk, chair, computer monitor and keyboard, phone, mouse, and much more, minimizing your chance of suffering repetitive overuse injuries of the neck, shoulder, back, arms and wrist. Click here for the CDC website.