Ergonomic Prevention of Pain

Sitting at the computer for any length of time may produce chronic headaches, lower back pain, pain between the shoulders, neck pain, eye strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, muscle pain and stiffness ...the list goes on. Companies lose millions of dollars in sick pay and lost production due to these conditions. And each year, millions of people seek medical attention for relief of pain. The information contained in this brochure is specifically designed to help reduce pain while at the computer. By following just a few simple instructions inside this brochure, you can significantly reduce the risk of experiencing painful conditions like those listed above. To that end it is our goal that you experience a pain-free, and more productive work day.


Chair height should be adjusted so that your elbows can rest on the arms at a 75 degree angle with palms flat on your keyboard. This will minimize stress on the neck and shoulder muscles.7Ergonomics Brochure 2
Avoid cradling the telephone between your shoulder and ear. This position causes the muscles of your neck and shoulders to remain in a shortened po-sition; producing pain and possibly head-aches. If possible, try to use a headset or speaker phone.

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Know Your Frequent Use Area

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This is the area directly in front of you and to both sides within your arms reach. Place all items that are used only occasionally outside of this area; and all items frequently used within this area in order to prevent unnecessary reaching.

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Adjust screen to proper height and distance. To reduce eye strain and neck pain, place your monitor approximately 20” directly in front of you. Center of the screen should be at about the level of your chin.

Additional Tips

Use this set-up for data entry.

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Use this set-up for data retrieval with scrolling.

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Set up like this for standard use with occasional note taking.

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