When Wimbledon champion Andy Murray gets a pain in his elbow, does he shrug his shoulders and think, “oh well, it’s all part of the game”?
No! He figures out why he’s getting the pain and he does something about it.
So why do computer users assume that the pain they feel in their forearms, fingers, neck or anywhere else is all part of using computers and nothing can be done about it?
I don’t know—because pain shouldn’t be part of your working day or indeed your leisure time.
The first step is to stop thinking of computer use as a passive activity. The muscles of the back, neck, shoulders and arms endure a lot of strain to keep us typing through the years.
This is why computer users need to start thinking like athletes.
Start with these quick wins:
- In the morning, before you start typing, warm up your hands and neck with some stretching exercises.
- If you feel pain while typing, stop typing! Get up, go for a walk, gently shake your hands.
- Take breaks as often as you need to, ie, when you feel pain, you need a break.
- Think about where you feel the pain and what you may be doing to cause it. Consider how and how often you are using computers. If you have recurring pain, you’ve already got a problem.
It’s time to do something about it!