Bad Ergonomic Workstations – What to Avoid

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If you are experiencing pain in the office, these habits may be the root of your pain. When sitting for long hours, it isn’t uncommon to slip into “comfortable” and “easy” positions. However, these positions could be impacting your health, work productivity and energy. A healthy ergonomic workstation is the sum of its parts – so if you’re guilty of slipping into any of these bad ergonomic workstations, you risk more than just an unproductive workday. Beyond simple office stretches that can help ease the pain, a reexamination of your workspace may be necessary. For a personal assessment, make a trip to your closest Relax The Back location and start experiencing a more productive and pain-free workday.

Bad Ergonomics Pains
 Posture
  • Hunching over your desk
  • Leaning forward towards the screen
  • Leaning back
  • Poor circulation
  • Spinal curvature
  • Spinal disc degeneration
  • Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain
 Desk
  • Small or cluttered desks making it difficult to place keyboards, mice and other devices in proper range
  • Desks too short or too tall for your body height and size
  • Limited space on work surface can force awkward postures and hand exertions
  • Improper desk heights can cause shoulder, back, and neck pain
  • Contact stress which affects nerves and blood vessels with the chance of causing sore fingers and tingling
 Chair
  • Unadjusted/one-size fits all chairs
  • Little to none lumbar support
  • Unstable/prone to tipping
  • Armrests made of hard materials or with sharp corners
  • Lower back pain
  • Too high of a chair can cause restricted circulation, swelling, numbness and leg pain
  • Irritation of nerve and blood vessels in forearms which creates tingling in arm, hand, fingers
  • Unstable chairs can cause muscle
 Monitor
  • Too close or too far away
  • Hunching over laptop/mobile screens
  • Monitor tilted significantly either towards or away from you
  • Eye fatigue and strain
  • Headaches
  • Neck, shoulder, and upper back pain
 Lighting
  • Glare/shine on the display screen
  • Dark workspace with limited to no lighting
  • Working while facing a window or other light source
  • “Washed” out images can lead to eye strain/fatigue
  • Loss in visual performance
  • Headaches
 Phone
  • Cradling phone between shoulder and ear while multi-tasking
  • Overextending to reach for the phone placed on the opposite end of the desk
  • Shoulder, arm, and neck strain