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Are you suffering from Irritable Desk Syndrome?

NEC-Mitsubishi conducted a survey of 2000 adult workers a couple of years ago and found that far from office workers being more mobile they were, in fact even more tied to the office chairs and desks than ever before.

Many had developed bad habits, despite knowing about them and were, as a result suffering from Irritable Desk Syndrome.

Particularly at risk were laptop users who often sit hunched forward in their office seat looking down on their screen, something that no ergonomic office chair will compensate for. What was really needed was to place their laptop on a raised plinth so they could address their workstation correctly and sit properly in their office chair.

You will find two useful pdf documents Irritable Desk Syndrome and Deskology produced by NEC-Mitsubishi that outline the problems they found and their recommended solutions in these two short reports.

Don’t let RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) creep up on you

If you use a computer extensively in your work and even if you’ve got a good quality ergonomic office chair, it’s very important that you pay attention to the way you interact with your keyboard and mouse, as well as how you have your office chair and desk set up.

RSI can develop from an occasional problem into becoming a chronic condition that can be very difficult to correct if you don’t pay attention to how you are working.

This article has some excellent advice on minimizing the chance of developing RSI and making sure you don’t fall into bad habits.

Are you getting out of your office chair enough?

No matter how well designed your office chair may be, it’s still important that you don’t spend extended periods of time sitting in the same position.

When you do inevitably you start to slump and slouch and that’s when postural problems can really cause you trouble.

This is particularly true for office workers that have to use computers extensively in their work.

We really weren’t designed to sit for long periods of time and it’s important that you get out of your chair frequently, adding some simple exercises at the same time.

Here’s a great article from the Denver Post about office seating posture problems along with some very useful exercises you can perform to maintain your body’s health.

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