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Health Tip: Repetitive Stress Injury

Some ergonomic suggestions to help prevent problems

(HealthDayNews) -- Spending hours in front of the computer can lead to repetitive stress injuries (RSI), according to the Harvard University Health Services.

Use these basic ergonomic principles to help prevent RSI:

  • Place the monitor in front of you with the top of the monitor slightly below eye level.
  • Sit up straight in the chair.
  • Keep thighs parallel to the floor.
  • Place feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest.
  • Relax your arms at your sides with elbows at right angles.
  • Place your wrists in a straight position, not flexed to the side or bent.
  • Lift the heels of your hands off the keyboard.
  • Place the mouse as close as possible to the keyboard and at the same height.
  • Use a softer touch on the keyboard. Don't pound.
  • Take frequent rest breaks. A general guideline is to take a 1-2 minute "micro-break" every 10-15 minutes and a 5-10 minute "mini-break" every hour.
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