Ergonomically Correct Office Space

Our Guide to Ergonomic Correctness

What is RSI?

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a very common side effect of a ergonomically incorrect workspace. A RSI is a condition caused by the performance of repetitive actions, often with the hands, and causes pain or impairment of function in the tendons and muscles involved. Some examples of RSIs are carpel tunnel and tendentious.

Repetitive Strain Injury Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness in the hands or forearms
  • Tingling, numbness, loss of sensation
  • Heaviness
  • Clumsiness
  • Lack of control or coordination
  • Hypersensitivity

What are ergonomics?

Ergonomics applies human factors to work environment in order to reduce or eliminate factors that cause pain or discomfort. In short ergonomics is fitting a workspace to a worker. Ergonomics can prevent repetitive strain injuries as well as general pain or discomfort while working.

Ergonomics Tips

  • Keep flat feet
  • Knees should be directly over feet and bent at right angles
  • Lower back resting lightly on chair
  • Shoulders and arms are relaxed, at side
  • Neck is arched in, relaxed, supported by spine
  • Head is balanced on spine
  • Lighting should only be where it is needed

Office Exercises

When working for a long time, you should change your activities and tasks around 10-15 mins per hour. Here are some simple exercises to help you feel better!

  • Chin tuck
  • Neck side bends
  • Chest stretches
  • Wrist flexing
  • Neck rotations
  • Neck forwards bands
  • Wrist extensions
  • Finger stretches
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Ergonomics doesn't only matter in the work place. This video shows ergonomics at home as well as in the workplace.

Laptop Ergonomics - Basic Tips - Adult or Child Laptop Use at Home, Work or School

Works Cited

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Red to Green Sitting Figures. Digital image. Mindful Alexander Technique. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 May 2016. <>.