Thursday, January 10, 2013

Helping workers avoid carpal tunnel syndrome

Millions of office workers suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) every day. CTS occurs when pressure is placed on the wrist's median nerve, which supplies feeling and movement to parts in the hand. The carpal tunnel is very narrow, and swelling can pinch the nerve, causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and muscle damage in the hand and fingers, according to the National Library of Medicine.


Workplace comfort is indispensable for employee productivity. Discomfort is very distracting and causes workers to lose focus on on their responsibilities, which negatively impacts their output. While science is still working to determine the link between CTS and ergonomics, the condition has been linked to long periods of typing and using a mouse, in addition to frequently repeating movements.


When companies are shopping for business furniture, they should keep in mind how employee health and comfort dictate the criterion for workstation items. Ergonomic chairs let workers adjust their seating to fit their personal comfort requirements. When sitting at their desks, employees' feet should touch the floor and their knees should bend at a 90-degree angle. When typing, workers' arms should be straight out in front of their body, with their forearms supported by their desk.


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