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Suggestions to reduce neck and shoulder pain, upper back pain, wrist pain and other common problems

Symptoms Cause
Headache Continuous work without proper micro-breaks
Glare on the monitor
Eye strain due to either the monitor or the text holder placed too far away, or too close
Pressure at work
Eyes –
blurred vision /
burning / fatigue /
redness
Eye strain due to monitor or text holder placed too far away or too close
Glare on the monitor
Too much or too little monitor lighting
Continuous and monotonous work over time
Flickering monitor
Humidity too low
Neck & Shoulder Pain
- The Neck
Computer monitor too close / too far away / too low / too high
Chair too low
Incorrect position of monitor (not directly opposite the operator) or text holder
Incorrect sitting posture
Sitting in one position over time without changing position
Holding a telephone receiver between the head and the neck
Keyboard too high
Neck & Shoulder pain
- The shoulders
Arm rests too high
Work surface too high
Keyboard too high
Incorrect sitting posture
Sitting in one position too long without changing it
File folders in constant use located above shoulder height
Frequent stretching of arms to reach various objects
Keyboard or mouse placed too far so one needs to reach out to use them
Pain in your hand / wrist pain Keyboard too high / too low
Keyboard not parallel to the work surface
Wrist bent during keyboard or mouse use
No wrist rest
Monotonous work performed by operator
Hypersensitivity of joints
Skin pressure against sharp edges of furniture
Keyboard use for long periods of time without proper breaks
Sitting in one position for long periods without rest or movement
Incorrect sitting posture
Chair too high / too low
Incorrect adjustment of chair
Lower back pain Sitting in one position for long periods without rest or changing one's position
Incorrect sitting posture
Chair too high / too low
Incorrect adjustment of chair
Upper back pain Sitting in one position for long periods without rest or changing one's position
Incorrect sitting posture
Desk too high / too low
Incorrect adjustment of chair
Monitor or text holder too far away
Pain in your knees / legs Incorrect sitting posture
No foot rest to support feet
Sitting on the edge of the chair
Sitting with legs crossed for too long
Chair too high