Thursday, March 14, 2013

The right office furniture can prevent carpal tunnel

According to several studies, regular contact with hard work surfaces can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. To help prevent risk, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website reports that using a well-designed desk that is adjusted properly can minimize muscle pain that arises from awkward exertions and repetitive motions.

When purchasing office furniture, remember that a high-quality desk should provide adequate legroom and allow proper placement for the computer and accessories. A worker should also be able to move his or her monitor to an appropriate viewing angle. 

The way a workstation is set up can also help or hinder movement. Keeping all important items within reach can help reduce strain. Using keyboard trays, desks with rounded edges or wrist guards can help buffer harsh repetitive contact with the desktop. Keep the computer monitor 20 inches away from the face. Changing position often and getting up every 20 to 40 minutes to walk around or to stretch can prevent pain and future health problems. 

When setting up the business space, consult a professional office layout designer to help ensure the workplace and its furniture are arranged in the most ergonomic way possible to create a comfortable and healthy space. 

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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