How do you prevent injuries when we rely so much on technology? In today’s modern world, almost all of us spend time working online, which means we are open to injuries such as repetitive strain and carpal tunnel.
Without healthy bodies, we wouldn’t be able to do all the things we love most, from writing up new blog posts and creating a compelling podcast to holding our children or enjoying a favorite hobby. Unfortunately, the body is a fragile instrument which requires lots of thought and care to keep it in good shape. If the body becomes injured, it can be extremely painful, inconvenient, and in some cases life-changing.Which is why we online entrepreneurs should be paying more attention to our health to ensure we prevent injuries.
In this post, you will find some tips that, if put into practice, will help to keep your body in good condition, while at work:
Prevent Injuries : Hand Position
If you’re an online worker, the chances are that you will spend a lot of time sitting at a desk typing on a laptop. Although this is necessary, and enjoyable (for some at least), it can have a negative effect on your hands. Take steps to ensure that your writing environment is set up to promote good health.
To cut the risk of carpal tunnel and repetitive strain injuries, you must keep your wrist in a neutral position at all times. If your wrist frequently flexes down or extends up, you will eventually end up with an injury. Luckily, you can prevent this scenario from arising by placing your hands down palm first on a flat surface. Then, attach a piece of tape lengthways from your hand to your wrist. If, when typing this tape becomes loose, you know that you are in the wrong position.
Prevent Injuries : Hand Support
Another way to look after your hands while writing is to invest in a decent pair of compression gloves, which help to support your hands when you are carrying out typical tasks like writing. Compression gloves can be used as both a preventative measure and as a way to reduce pain if you already suffer from RSI, arthritis or any other hand-related complaint.
Prevent Injuries : Workspace Setup
The way that you set up your workspace can have an impact on the health of your hands, neck, and back, so it is important that you get it right.
If you can, try to keep all of the tools you use on a daily basis, including your mouse and keyboard, within easy reach of your position, and directly in front of you. This will prevent any hand or arm strain as you reach for the tools of your trade.
Prevent Injuries : Invest in An Adjustable Chair
If you spend each day in a chair that is too big or too small for you, it will not be long before your back and neck begin to ache, and you develop serious problems in the area. If you want to avoid this, all you have to do is purchase an adjustable, ergonomic chair that you have tested out for comfort.
Prevent Injuries : Lighting
If you do the bulk of your work on a computer, you will want to avoid fluorescent light because it can cause discomfort and contribute to eye strain. Instead, you should plump for full-spectrum lights, which will make viewing your monitor an easier, pleasanter experience.
If, despite your best efforts, you start to feel various aches and pains, so not wait until it’s too late to have them checked out and make any relevant adjustments ASAP!
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