CVS And The Body
If you spend a lot of time in working with the computer and you have recognized some of the symptoms, then you should know that you’re not alone. Constant headaches and neck aches are common complaints from anyone using the computer more than two hours a day. Many people experience many other symptoms, some related directly to vision and quality of eyesight and some purely physical. Some of the more negligible complaints can be easily fixed with simple measures.
As stated in the other pages, changing your workstation for the computer can certainly facilitate in minimizing other physical symptoms. Most people unconsciously try to compensate for their blurred vision by leaning forward, or by tipping their head to look through the bottom portion of their glasses, resulting in a sore neck, sore shoulders and a sore back. Many older people, who use bifocal or multifocal glasses, tend to read the screen through the shorter range lens, or through half-eye reading prescription glasses. Adjusting the screen to a 15 degree angle will decrease the amount of time you spend in an unnatural position putting a crick in your neck and giving yourself a headache.
A few quick adjustments
- The screen should be directly in front of you. It should be about 20 to 26 inches away from you and not off to one side, or you will be constantly moving your neck from side to side, creating unnecessary stress on the muscles.
- Your computer screen should also be at an appropriate height, because positioning it too low will cause stress and muscular fatigue in your temples, the area around your eyebrows and the center of your back. Positioning it too high can lead to terrible neck aches, headaches, pain or discomfort in your upper back and the small of your back. This is easily solved with a pile of books or magazines, or even a plain block of wood to put your monitor on. The center of the screen should be about four to nine inches below your straight-ahead gaze.
- Some effort should be made to sitting with good posture, as the longer you slouch in your chair the faster you'll be feeling the consequences in your lower back and neck. If you reposition your chair, keep in mind that your arms should be parallel to the floor when you type, and your feet should be flat on the floor.
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