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Have you ever got up from your computer and felt that your neck is out or that your shoulder aches? I've been looking around for sites with practical information, exercises and useful books etc. I came across www.stretchnow.com.au and http://www.mousewatch.com/ both with good info.

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Hi Lynne,

I can't stress enough as to how important the ergonomics of our computers are on our body health and wellbeing. I have a desktop computer downstairs which gives me a sore back, shoulder and wrist within about half an hour of working there. I can't change the chair height and the spot where my mouse is seems to be an odd place for the comfort of my arm...ergo, pain. Right now I'm working on my laptop and have one of those little buttons in the middle of the keyboard instead of a mouse and I can work here for 6 to 8 hours without even thinking about my back or arm.

My next door neighbor just came back from the doctor because her wrist and hand were very tender and she found she was unable to lift anything heavy at all. She thought she was getting carpal tunnel syndrome and the doctor said it was tendinitis and that she should take anti-infammatories and painkillers (typical doctor.) My friend decided to wear a wrist guard and be very careful not to work too long at a time on the computer without doing a few wrist and arm exercises. I think she's got the right idea...but she should be trying to adjust the height of her worktable or chair, even if she uses a pillow (since she works part time, is new there, and doesn't think her boss will purchase an expensive ergonomic chair.

I'll check out the websites you mention. And I might even write an article on the subject on my website (which happens to be at http://www.bellaonline.com/Site/alternativemedicine/

Let me know how you've decided to deal with the problem.

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Monika
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Just wanted to report that my intense back pain is now gone. I twisted the wrong way and no matter what I did, it throbbed and shot up and down my ribcage.

Working on the computer didn't make it worse...but I did realize that a stressful lifestyle can make these back problems worse. A few visits to the Chiropractor helped but I think it was definitely the enforced rest and relaxation and the improvement in the stress area that made the final difference.

I belive in Chiropractors but if I continue to go weekly or bi-weekly, I think my muscles and whatever parts of the body he works on, start to depend on the frequent adjustment and don't stay in place as well as they should.

That's my personal opinion and I wonder how other people feel about that aspect of the field?

Any similar or longterm effects of stress and chiropractic practices?

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I started doing yoga about a year ago for pain and stiffness from sitting at a computer all day. It's really helped so much!

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I had aches in my right shoulder joint and it was very painful to work with the mouse. I've visited doctor and she said it is scapulohumeral periarthritis. The cause of this condition is excessive computer work.

She prescribed me 14 days of diclofenac and also to undergo ultrasound therapy. And it helped me a lot.

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There are a couple of things you can do, most of them are simple measures that have to be done once to keep them going forever, like placing chair + desk + PC and screen at the right angles and distance. Other then that, they way you sit and work has to become some sort of habit which you can achieve easily if you work on it for a while.
Apart from that, the best and cheapest measure you can do it stop and pauze for a while instead of sitting at the PC for hours on end. Regular brakes in which you stand and walk around instead of just reading a magazine or using the phone at your desk is the best way. Your muscles that you hold stil while working at a desk will be moving and you can focus your attention on anything but your PC/desk/...


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My Neck Gets Really Strained from Staring at my screen all day !!!!~~~~~~

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Not so much my neck, but my eyes start to hurt after looking at the computer for a while.

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I'm allright with all, my back hurts a little but that's all smile


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