If you’re like so many others you’re sitting in an office right now procrastinating by reading articles online or checking your Facebook because you can’t concentrate. Your eyes probably hurt, you may be on the brink of suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, and your back and knees may be sore. Have you even heard of ergonomics; the act of designing work environments for maximum safety and efficiency? This important little word may be the difference between you falling apart from various ailments and you feeling comfortable enough to actually concentrate in your work space. If you’re tired of feeling uncomfortable while you work, it may be in your best interest to check out some of these great items.
This neat little keyboard can be used for both PC and Mac computers and will prevent your wrists from turning into shakey pieces of jello. It’s ergonomic design has separate thumb keypads and separate keywells, keeping your arms shoulder width apart and your wrists straight. This design reduces abduction and ulnar deviation, the key causes of ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you don’t have the $360 to shell out for the Kinesis-Ergo Advantage Pro Keyboard, Microsoft’s Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard might be more up your alley with its $80 price point. Its split keyboard and cushioned palm rests help to keep your hands and wrists in a neutral position while providing maximum comfort while you work.
First introduced in 1995, the Contour Mouse went through at least 120 designs before they found the perfect fit for your hand. They even have different sizes; two left handed sizes and four right handed sizes, so you can find the mouse that fits your hand perfectly. This mouse even has three elongated buttons so you can click with your fingers fully extended, and even includes a handy rocker switch and scroll wheel that your thumb fits perfectly into.
Another innovative mouse made by Contour, the Roller Mouse Red is definitely different. Roller Mouse, which is placed centrally in front of your keyboard, makes it so you don’t have to grip or reach for the mouse. The roller bar on the mouse is also far easier to use than a traditional mouse while allowing more precision. With the addition of the leatherette palm support, this mouse makes pointing and clicking so much more comfortable than any traditional mouse.
This mouse is great because it adjusts to the size of your palm unlike a traditional mouse. It’s also less pricey than the previous two mice that I listed at around $99 on The Human Solution. This mouse features a v-shape, making it so your arm and wrist rest at a neutral position and the palm support reduces the risk carpal tunnel. This mouse is also symmetrical, making it so lefties and righties can use it.
Herman Miller is already famous for their Aeron chair, but people seem to prefer the far more comfortable next generation Embody chair. The back of this chair resembles a spine for a reason; it adapts to your movements keeping your spine aligned, preventing various back ailments. This chair also has something called “pixilated mesh” that adjust to the wide variety of sizes and postures of the people who sit in them, making it so blood circulation is increased. This chair might be pricey at around $1000 per chair, but its well worth the investment in your comfort.
Listed at only $199 on the Ikea website, this chair is far more affordable than the Embody by Herman Miller, but doesn’t sacrifice comfort. This adjustable chair has a built in lumbar support and mesh backing for air circulation for those long hours in the office. The seat pan is relatively shallow, so it doesn’t leave room for you to slouch either. The Markus also comes with a 10 year limited warranty, so if it breaks down on you, you can get it repaired or replaced.
Most people fail to realize that your monitor needs to be directly in front of you, so you keep your head elevated and chin straight. With innovations in LCD monitors, it’s good to check into a LCD mount to keep proper posture. The Humanscale M8 Monitor Arm fully articulates so you can adjust it to any comfortable position. The arm’s design also supports the majority of LCD monitors on the market and is specially designed so you can change mounts or add additional cross bars to support dual monitors.
At half the price of the Humanscale M8, the K1 Series Desk Clamp is a good alternative for an ergonomic monitor arm. With its simple 3 step installation, it comes in desk, column, or wall mounting configurations. It also has a tilt range between -75 and +10 for an ultimate ergonomic experience.