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Avoiding Hand And Wrist Injuries From Every Day Computer Use

Avoiding Hand And Wrist Injuries From Every Day Computer Use

The modern office setting can cause a lot of problems with your health. Sitting on a chair all day long can lead to weight gain through inactivity, and it also causes problems with back pain too. Using a computer all day long can also lead to a lot of wrist and hand injuries, and this is something that we don’t always pay attention to. 

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Using a keyboard and mouse doesn’t seem like a very strenuous activity, but over time, it can do just as much damage as a direct injury. Once the damage is done, it can be irreversible, so it’s important that you take preventative measures. Here’s how to avoid hand and wrist injuries from everyday computer use.  

Don’t Ignore Problems

This is the most important thing to remember because hand and wrist injuries develop slowly over time. At first, you might notice a small pain or some stiffness and think nothing of it. If you intervene now and take preventative measures, you can avoid any serious problems in future. So, if you notice any issues with your hands and wrists, book an appointment at an orthopedic center right away and get yourself checked over. You may have a condition that needs to be diagnosed and you can get some good advice on how to manage your symptoms. If you ignore symptoms, they will only get worse. 

Use The Right Sitting Position

Most people know that their sitting position can increase back pain problems but they don’t realize that it has an impact on their hands and wrists too. If you put too much pressure on the wrists when typing, it leads to health issues in the future. It’s important to sit with your back straight and both feet flat on the floor. Make sure that your spine is aligned so the weight is distributed evenly throughout your body. The screen should be level with your eyes and around 20 inches away from you. Change the height on your chair until you are in a position with relaxed shoulders and your hands are slightly lower than your elbows. Don’t rest your wrists on the table or armrest on your chair, and make sure that your wrists are not bent. 

Take Regular Breaks 

Even if you are sitting in the right position, you still put a lot of stress on your hands and wrists. Typing on your keyboard for hours on end without a break will cause a lot of inflammation and eventually lead to more serious problems. Regular breaks give you the chance to rest your hands and wrists and stop them from getting stiff and painful. When you take breaks, you can do some simple stretches to loosen up the muscles and joints. However, if you notice any pain when you are doing stretches, you should stop immediately before you do any more damage. Book an appointment with a specialist because this is a sign that something is wrong. 

If you don’t look after your wrists and hands now, you may develop problems like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, so make sure that you follow these tips when using a computer every day.   

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Prepping for hurricane and cyclone season

Prepping for hurricane and cyclone season

Every year thousands of dollars worth of damage is done to homes and properties across the country as hurricanes and cyclones hit. The worst ones are those that result in the loss of human life, but all can bring devastation and the trauma of having to rebuild.

That’s why it’s so important to prepare for hurricane and cyclone season before it arrives.

Check Your Building

It is important to understand the difference that regular maintenance can make to your property. Simple measures like installing a sub floor ventilation system from Extract Air can prevent damp from getting into your building.

Moisture is a key ingredient in weakening the structure of a building; making it more vulnerable to hurricanes and cyclones. Something as simple as a pump can actually improve the chances of your building surviving.

Assess The Risk

It’s a good idea to check how likely your area is to suffer from hurricanes and cyclones. If you’ve lived there for several years you’ll already have an idea regarding this.

While anywhere can be hit it is worth knowing whether you’re a high risk area or not.

Emergency Supplies

If you’re in an area which is prone to hurricanes and cyclones it’s worth getting some emergency supplies together. This should include food and water to keep your family going for at least a few days. You also need to have a light source, the ability to stay warm and a grab bag which will enable you to escape the area quickly if you need to.

Insurance

It is always worth checking what your current insurance covers you for. If you haven’t got full coverage you may be surprised to learn that it can take up to 30 days for new cover to take effect. Get it sorted before you actually need it.

Check Your Yard

If you have trees and other items in your yard which are likely to become an issue in high winds then you need to look at having them trimmed or even removed now.

It is also important to look at what your risk of flood is and prepare your barriers now.

Alongside this it is a good idea to chat with your neighbors and get an idea regarding what plans they have and how you can work together if the worst happens. This is a great back-up and a way to help ensure you and your family get out if you need to.

Keep A File

You need a plan for your escape route; preferably at least two options. You also need a plan regarding what supplies should be in your home to help you survive the aftermath if the power is out but your house is still standing.

Once you’ve designed your plan it’s a good idea to write it down and keep it somewhere that is safe but easy to access. This will help to ensure everyone knows what they have to do and how to do it.

There’s no harm in practicing what to do; it will make it easier if the worst does happen.

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