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Old 04-29-08, 11:23 AM   #1
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Neck pain...new chiropractor...an internet problem

I'm seeing a new chiropractor who is suggesting a little less time moving a mouse around.

Anybody else with any stress/pain that might be related to keyboard/mouse usage?

I love the internet, email, photo editing...
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Old 04-29-08, 11:26 AM   #2
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I've been doing computer work for 30 years, sometimes my neck and shoulder just really hurt.
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I've been doing computer work for 30 years, sometimes my neck and shoulder just really hurt.

So what have you found to do to take care of yourself?

I put my monitor up a little higher...
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Old 04-29-08, 11:41 AM   #4
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Check your posture/position. If you spend a lot of time "surfing" with your hand on the mouse and you have to reach for it, as opposed to having it fall naturally under your hand, that could be part of the problem. The monitor also should be positioned so you look directly into it or slightly down, not up. Your chair can make a big difference too, big slouchy executive chairs feel better in the store, but a more upright task chair with decent lumbar support and adjustable height arms will better serve most people sitting in front of a computer.
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Good point. I'll lower the mouse position.
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Yeah, I've struggled with neck and shoulder (splenisu & trapezius) muscle pain related to computer use. However, I find that when I remember to take short stretching breaks, the pain does not appear. The trick for me is remembering to take the breaks. There have been some weeks when work is so stressful that I forget. When this happens the pain can be with me for days, and keep me from getting a good night's sleep.
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I do get neck pain- but as I have an active job- It cannot be put down to the 30 minutes computer use I do a day.

Last Sunday I did a 40 mile ride and I had to push myself for the whole of the ride- 2hrs 35 minutes of hard slog- My major problem of backache came in- and towards the end- Neck ache from doing so much riding in the drops. After the ride- I went through my calming down exercise of eating breakfast but the neck did ache. Carried out a couple of minutes of Movement exercises on it and no pain. Today- two days after the ride and no neck pain- Those mobility exercises seem to have done the job.

So my advise- Knock off early -get out on the bike and carry out some exercises on the Neck after the ride. Now I wonder if it will work on the thighs as they do ache after the spinning class last night.
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I've had some carpal tunnel problems. The "Fellowes" gel wrist pad and gel mouse pad have worked wonders for me.

For what it's worth, the best computer desk I've ever had (and now use) is a simple folding table with about 9" of the legs cut off with a tubing cutter.
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Use a trackball instead of a mouse.
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I do CAD work, and have done this sort of thing for the last 25 years or so... I am glued to a computer, so to speak.

PirateJim hit on some real keys for preventing pain while using a computer... the other thing that helps me is changing the position of stuff (monitors, mouse, and keyboard) on your desk from time to time so you are not repeating the same movements in the same way day to day.
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Experiment with different positions. My best is not the recommended ergonomic position; I have the monitor lower, sometimes I sit far back and slouch. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another.

Years ago I discovered that I am best with dedicated computer glasses. Reading glasses require me to be too close to the monitor, so I have less powerful glasses that I use only with the computer. They used to be prescription but now I just use drug store readers. Craning your neck forward to get proper focus is bad for your neck.
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I appreciate the help offered here. Thanks.

I think I will switch to a trackball for awhile and see if it helps.

The bike that I ride most often has flat bars, so I doubt if it has to do with being in the drops too long, but on the other hand I have been riding the road bike more lately.
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