Computer Users Face Serious Health Risks
Today, 62 percent of households in the United States have at least one computer. And not only is that number growing, but the amount of time spent at a computer, per session, is increasing as well.
Millions of computer users are at risk of Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs), which are painful, sometimes debilitating injuries. RSIs can worsen over time if not addressed early. Experts agree that poor posture and improper workstation arrangement are the root causes of RSIs.
Luckily, preventative measurers are out there. Research has shown that keeping a neutral body position while seated at the computer is essential for slowing and alleviating the symptoms of RSIs. With the Mobo Ergonomic Computer Station, you donâ€™t have to think about maintaining a neutral body position. The Mobo naturally positions you in a comfortable and healthy neutral body position.
A Neutral Body Position Is The Key To Maintaining Healthy Posture
A neutral body position is a comfortable working posture in which the bodyâ€™s joints are naturally aligned, effectively reducing the stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system and in turn, reducing your risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder or repetitive strain injury. The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established the following guidelines for maintaining a neutral body position while working at the computer:
Guidelines for Establishing a Neutral Body Position
- Head and neck balanced and in line with torso
- Shoulders relaxed
- Elbows close to body, supported and bent between 90 and 120 degrees
- Wrists and hands in line with forearms and roughly parallel to the floor
- Lower back supported when sitting vertical or leaning back slightly
- Thighs and hips are supported by a well-padded seat and generally parallel to the floor
- Knees are about the same height as the hips with the feet slightly forward
- Feet are fully supported by floor or footrest.
Source: The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
One in three computer users suffer from overuse syndromes. These syndromes include carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome and hyperactive levator scapulae as well as a host of other musculoskeletal disorders, including RSIs.
-U.S. Department of Labor
Musculoskeletal disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome, are amont the most prevalent medical conditions in the US., affecting 7% of the population. They account for 14% of physician visits and 19% of hospital stays.
-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)