Over the last week I’ve become acutely aware of the importance of a good quality ergonomic workstation.Â Early last week I felt the pearcing pain associated with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.Â Â Immediately I had to slow down and start to pay attention to everything that I touch.Â I switched from using the mouse with my right hand to using my left — which is incredibly frustrating.
I was putting in about 12 hours per day of computer usage;Â and still am.Â With the pain in my wrist I’ve had to put some serious thought into what I can do to keep going.Â I’m only 25, and still have 2 or 3 decades of work left to do where I’ll need to use my fingers to control the computer.Â I can’t let something prevent me from working effeciently.
If you use the computer a lot think about what would happen if suddenly you had to immobilize your mouse hand for 2 weeks.Â To prevent that situation from coming up check out these sites for suggestions about good ergonomics.
- Workstation Myths
- Computer workstation ergonomics guidlines
- Ergonomics & computer injury FAQ
- Tips for using a pointing device