According to the dictionary, Ergonomics is:

The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Also called biotechnology, human engineering, human factors engineering.

Computer Workstation Variables
Computer Workstation Variables (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the purposes of this series, I am going to zero in on “reducing operator fatigue and discomfort” as it applies to computer use.

I’ve never been officially diagnosed with RSI, but I used to get discomfort and sometimes pain in different parts of my body due to computer use. It first arrived in my shoulders and neck, then worked its way into my hands/fingers and lower arms.

Since then, I’m happy to report a big difference in everyday life.

There seem to be a large number of websites around that give you general hints and tips about position and typing techniques so I won’t repeat too much of that information here.
What I will share is some simple tools and strategies that I have found useful in either preventing or reducing discomfort.
Please note that these are (or were) specific to my own physical problems and may not work for you, but I offer them here in the hope that you may find them useful.

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