John P. Looney wrote:
> There are loads of different causes. Even professional ergonomists can't
> always help; I'd six sessions with one after requesting a softer seat in
> work. In the end, I just swapped my seat with the ergonomist's after she
What John said, but from a scientific point of view and assuming the
pain is not too debilitating at the moment, consider changing just ONE
thing at a time to try and find out what helps. Changing everything at
once *might* solve the problem, but if it recurs you're back now knowing
what aspect was causing it.
Consider starting by evaluating your typing position. Stop every 10 or
15 minutes of work and actually consider your body. Just feel if your
shoulders, or arms, or lower back are tensed. You might find you know
your body well enough to spot the problem combination without any
further help and can do something about it.
Then consider changing furniture - chairs are often a problem, even
certain good (ergonomic) chairs as they encourage sitting in a way
that's not comfortable for you (or your style of work.)
Avoidance of laptop usage is almost always a good idea for a while at
least - consider removing the laptop from your day as one of the first
things you do, possible while or just after committing to a proper
analysis of your body as you work. You may find that you have no
problems using your desktop, but that using your laptop causes all the
issues. You may find the opposite.
The aim of ergonomics is comfort with sufficient and appropriate
support - for you. Unfortunately, while there are various good
practices, your body is unique and you must find out what works for you.
Good luck, and please consider this mail in light of all the others as
well. I'm in no way discounting anything anyone else has said - quite
the opposite - but I would recommend putting a structure on how you
figure out what's causing the problem for you and then fixing that. It
might take a little more time and effort, but will most likely cost you
less in time, money and peace-of-mind in the longer term.
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