The title may sound unbelievable to you, but unfortunately, it’s not a piece of fake news—computer work that’s done for several hours can indeed cause neck soreness which, if not addressed, can lead to pain in other parts of the upper body. Neck soreness develops over time specifically if one’s office workstation is not properly set up and one always gives in to his tendency to slouch or sink into the office chair after spending hours working on a spreadsheet.
That said, it follows that addressing the problem of sore neck that’s associated with computer work means making changes to one’s office desk —one such change being the addition of a monitor arm which helps bring the screen to eye level, and the way one uses a computer to do tasks.
Both changes mentioned above can be implemented when some or all of the following ergonomic essentials are set up.
You look at your monitor whenever you are at your desk. Just think about how many hours per day that is. One common problem that people face in today`s workplaces, is that their monitor is too low. Looking down at your monitor for hours a day is quickly going to give you neck pain. Some people may use a short term solution of putting A4 reams of paper under their monitor. If you want something that is built to do that job, is stackable and can have compartments to put items, then you want to look at a Monitor Riser.
Alternatively if you want the freedom to rotate, pan and tilt a monitor along with the key positive of bringing your monitor to eye level, then you want to look at a monitor arm. These can come in single or dual monitor variations and can clamp or attach through the desk.
When looking straight ahead your eyes should be in line with the top third of the screen. If you can do this then you will greatly reduce the capacity for neck strain and headaches, and a lot of other health benefits will fall into place.
An inline Document holder such as the Micro desk is a great way to get rid of neck pain. The Microdesk keeps you inline at all times, which reduces neck strain and improves posture. It simply sits in between your monitor and your keyboard and you put your documents on it. Traditionally these documents would be off to either side or flat on the desk causing you to constantly look left or right or down to refer to them. These repetitive movements quickly add up, and then the pain sneaks up too. An inline document holder is a great way to keep the pain away.
Sit Stand Workstations
There are two well-known types of sit stand workstations. The first known type looks no different from the usual office table, except that its height is adjustable to allow a user to work even whilst standing up. The second type is like a bed tray, but with adjustable height. This second known type needs to be placed on an existing table in order for it to do its magic.
Either type of sit stand workstation allows a user to be able to move and stretch all his muscles whilst working on reports that need to be submitted. The freedom of movement this type of workstation provides prevents stiffness in different muscles of the upper body, including the neck muscles.
In Line Document Holders and Monitor Arms will make the biggest difference when dealing with neck pain in the office. A sit stand workstation will also help as it gives you freedom of movement in all parts of the upper body including the neck muscles.