Post By: Celeste McLaughlin, Ergonomics Manager
Produced by: Solutions Northwest, Inc. (Ergonomics Experts serving Washington, Oregon, and California)
With technology on the rise, many jobs require workers to make use of a computer mouse for daily tasks. No matter how well a workstation is set up, repetitive work with a mouse may still lead to workplace injury if you do not properly care for your hands.
Beyond taking breaks every 10 minutes or so, try to break up the repetition with these 3 stretches our ergonomics experts have collected from the CCOHS.
1. Fist Stretch
Begin with your open hand (exhibit a) and make a fist with your thumb straight and not tucked under your fingers (exhibit b). Then, (exhibit c) slide your fingertips up the palm of your hand. Move the tips of your fingers to the base of your fingers and you should feel a stretch. Do not force this movement if something is painful.
2. Prayer Hands
Sitting with your elbows on the desk and palms in prayer position, slowly lower your wrists to the table until you feel a stretch. Keep your palms together throughout the stretch. Hold 5 to 7 seconds, relax, and repeat 3 times.
3. Wrist Bend
Grab your hand and hold your fingers, begin to slowly bend your wrist down until you feel the stretch. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, relax, and repeat 3 times. Next, slowly bend your wrist up until you feel the stretch. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, relax, and repeat 3 times.
Breaking up repetitive tasks with stretching is a great way to avoid workplace injury. If you are in serious pain, be sure to consult with your doctor to see if it is serious. And as always, remain proactive about your health in the work place.
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