Healthy Computing Habits

slouchWith the ever-growing dependence on computers for both work and pleasure, it is no surprise that computer related injuries are popping up everywhere. Some of the common problems that go hand in hand with lengthy computer use are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis of the wrist or hand, back and shoulder pain, eye strain, headaches, and neck strain.

Here are a few simple exercises that can help you avoid injury:

  • The “Shoulder Blade Squeeze” is performed by raising your forearms and pointing your hands to the ceiling. Push your arms back, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold for at least 5 seconds and repeat 3 times.
  • The “Arm and Shoulder Shake”–drop your hands to your sides then shake your relaxed hands, arms, and shoulders gently for at least 5 seconds and repeat 3 times.
  • “Spanning”–place you arms straight in front of you and spread your fingers as far as possible for at least 5 seconds and repeat 5 times. This exercise was made famous by career pianists.

These are only a few key exercises. Many more are useful for preventing repetitive strain. Try to find the best series for your areas of tension and particular relaxation needs.

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