If you’re a person who spends most of the day at the computer, you should take some certain precautions to make sure you don’t harm yourself. People who spend long stretches of time in front of the computer screen are the most likely to damage their bodies due to the repetitive motions of working at a computer. However, if you follow some simple guidelines you can enjoy a risk free time at the computer.
Newer computer monitors have an anti-glare screen. However if you’re using an older computer you should wear tinted glasses. It can be easy for your eyes to become strained by focusing at the same distance for a long time so to combat this, you should wear dark glases. You may look silly wearing sunglasses indoors but it will save your eyes from eyestrain and can also help you from getting headaches. It may also help you to look away from the screen and focus your eyes on something farther away every 10 minutes or so.
When working on a computer it is also important to maintain good posture. Most poor posture comes from the lack of a good computer chair. A poor computer chair can strain your shoulders and the bottom of your back. So, the first step in maintaining good computer posture is to purchase a good computer chair. Find a chair that can be adjusted to support your lower back and allows you to have both feet firmly planted on the floor. It may help to go to a store and try out the chairs. In addition you want to be able to sit in the chair and have your knees bent at 90° angle.
When you get your chair home you should adjust the back of the chair to fit your back. Adjust the chair height so that the monitor screen is just below your line of sight. Also, in addition to your knees being bent at a 90° angle your elbows should also be bent at that same angle. Lastly, make sure that your keyboard is at the same height as your elbows.
It is important to follow all of these steps as an illness called repetitive strain syndrome or RSS can be developed through poor posture. RSS affects wrists, fingers, and arms and has symptoms similar to those of arthritis. This syndrome can be very painful and often forces people to give up work. The best way to prevent RSS is to follow the above steps and also make sure that when typing, you make sure your wrists are completely relaxed and flat and never bent. In addition it also may help to shrug your shoulders and shake your hands at regular intervals to relieve tension which builds up in your muscles and joints.