Public Service Announcement – Please Read

ergonomicsAs a past sufferer of bilateral De Quervain’s wrist tendonitis I firmly believe in a healthy workstation.

Nothing will dampen your writing career faster than a repetitive strain injury. I urge all my writing buddies to be careful during Nano month and take care of their hands during those long writing sessions.

Please check out the resources below for important information on how to set-up an ergonomically correct workstation.

Guide to Setting Up an Ergonomic Computer Station on About.com by: Chris Adams This article shows illustrations with detailed explanations.

10 Steps for computer users by: Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE

Good Ergonomics Resources by: Arkrum Associates Ergonomics Consulting & ErgoEdit

Eye Strain stretch program on About.com by: Chris Adams

How to Ergonomically Set Up Your Laptop as a Desktop About.com by: Chris Adams

Good Desktop Ergonomic Software

RSI Guard I can personally recommend this program, I use it everyday. It tracks my usage by timing how long I’ve typed and used my pointing device. It forces me to take stretch breaks and even offers an auto-click option.

Free download of Stress Buster 1.2.0 –another break reminder software.

The Desk Trainer – 5 minute body/brain exercises

One more…

Compu Stretch helps users create a fully ergonomic workstation while providing informative training to prevent computer strain and stress injuries.

7 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement – Please Read

  • I appreciate this timely reminder. You’ve offered all of us NaNoWriMo keyboarders extremely pertinent tips on how to stay well while we manipulate the moguls and curves that face us on the slopes.

    Thanks a million, Dayner!

  • I need one of those foot rests. The dogs just aren’t cutting it anymore. I guess I must be sitting at my desk more than normal, because they sure seem to be moving around more than usual.

    Since I work on a laptop and I am realtively short, I can’t get the chair up high enough to comfortably type if I am at my desk. So I purchased a keyboard that I can either put on the small pullout, or put in my lap.

    It’s not perfect allignment, but it’s a lot better than reaching and it saves my elbows.

    • Just watch your hands when you type, don’t arch or reach. Also be careful with the mouse, don’t over use it. Switch hands occasionally to give the other a break. I have a mouse on both sides so I can switch without much trouble but I’ve also had an injury. Take a break every half-hour and stretch your hands and arms too.

      • A second mouse is a great idea.

        I try to use the directional keys on the keyboard when I can, but that is not always feesible. I tried a split keyboard so I could rest my elbows on the arms of my chair, but just couldn’t get used to the feel of it. Too many years typing on a straight keyboard I guess.

        Remember IBM selectric II typewriters. Boy I miss the sound of them.

        • Ahh…yeah, I remember those. I think my mom typed on one. 🙂 just kidding…kinda. We may have one of these still kicking around our office somewhere.

  • Really good information in here. RSI in the workplace is becomming more and more prevalent. Regarding the second mouse option – have you considered the handheld WeraMouse? (www.theweramouse.com).

  • hmm, I didn’t see any hints here on how to type with a cat draped over both arms. I must have missed those.

    I work at home and I have a large table instead of a desk in my office. I think that gives me a lot of flexibility. Generally I have my arms resting flat across the table, pretty much in the position and angle of your mannequin, but I sit much closer to my table. And of course I have the cat to deal with.

    Yes, I miss the wonderful sound of electric typewriters. Finding a keyboard with a bit of a click-clack to it was wonderful. (Logitech’s no-frills wireless).

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