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Find Relief at Work With An In-Store Assessment

officeIf you suffer from daily discomfort and pain at the office, your workspace setup may be the culprit. A healthy workspace is the sum of many parts. With proper ergonomics, where the best angles, proper heights, and convenient levels work together to achieve maximum comfort, you can reduce the risk of pain and injury at the office.

At Relax The Back, ergonomics is the foundation of all of our back and neck pain solutions. Our trained experts can help you create the ultimate ergonomic office workstation.

When you visit a Relax The Back location, our consultants perform an in-store assessment of your workspace. This includes speaking with you about your current setup and what pain and discomfort you are feeling throughout the day. With this knowledge, they will show you products to address these concerns with the ability to try them out first hand. Whether it is trying a footrest while sitting or standing to align your body and reduce strain, sitting in an office chair that provides adequate lumbar support to reduce lower back pain, or viewing your computer screen using a monitor arm to decrease eye strain and neck pain, you will feel the difference after one visit.

Franchisee owner Bob Duncan, of our Birmingham, AL location, shared one experience he had with a customer who bought an office chair 20 years ago from a Relax The Back location in a different state. She needed her office chair repaired. Bob was able to determine the model of her chair with help from the manufacturer by sending pictures and obtaining the parts needed to get the chair working again at a minimal cost to the customer.

Our franchisee owners and trained staff know the investments our customers make when purchasing quality office products. From following up with a customer after a purchase to see how they are doing to working with manufacturers to repair items, they strive to find the best solution so, our customers can live the life they deserve – free of pain.

Here are some of our franchisee owner’s favorite products to help you have a pain-free workday:

  • Standing Desk: A height adjustable desk allows you to change your position through the day, improving circulation.
  • Footrest: A properly angled footrest encourages spine alignment and reduces strain and swelling.
  • Ergonomic Office Chair: Seat height, lumbar support, stability, and movability are key to chair comfort and productivity.
  • Desk Light: Lighting illuminates where you need it, eliminating eye fatigue.
  • Monitor Arm: Effortless adjustments increase desk space while decreasing eye strain.
  • Height Adjustable Stool: Ergonomically tilted forward to perfectly fit any sit-to-stand desk.

If you are experiencing pain during the workday, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained consultant who can help you try our numerous office products to create the ultimate ergonomic workstation.


Workplace Eye Wellness Month

eyestrainMarch is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. If you work on a computer, or look at e-readers, tablets, and smart phones for prolonged periods of time, you may be one of the many individuals who experience eyestrain and vision problems throughout the day.

A new study is claiming that we are spending more time on our phones and laptops than we are spending sleeping. On average, people spend 8 hours 41 minutes on digital devices and 8 hours 21 minutes sleeping a day.

These prolonged periods of time spent looking at a screen can lead to serious eye problems. One in particular is known as Computer Vision Syndrome. CVS, or Digital Eye Strain, is a group of vision and eye-related problems that result from prolonged digital device use.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Eyestrain
  • Neck and Shoulder pain

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent the onset of CVS and reduce eyestrain and discomfort.

  • 20/20 Rule: If you’re working at a computer, take a 20 second break every 20 minutes to shift your focus on something 20 feet away.
  • Don’t forget to blink: When looking at a screen, make a conscious effort to blink more. It’s common for people to blink less frequently while working on a computer, which leads to dry, red eyes. Blinking often keeps eyes moist.
  • Take breaks: Every hour take a break from your desk and your computer screen to move around. Not only does this help with energy levels and productivity, it helps rest your eyes from the glare of your monitor.
  • Proper ergonomics: Take into account the position of lighting and your monitor. Proper lighting placement and monitor height reduce eye fatigue and neck strain.
  • See a doctor: Stay up-to-date on your eye health and schedule regular eye exams with your doctor. Be sure to tell them if you use digital devices daily.

Visit your local Relax The Back location to receive an ergonomic workstation assessment to help keep eyestrain and fatigue to a minimum.

Ergonomic Workstations: Office Lighting Habits

A vital part of the ergonomic workstation is proper lighting placement and the correct level of illumination. A bright and adjustable light can help ease eye fatigue, neck strain, and headaches in the office.

A majority of offices were not designed for computer use and lighting of the past was made for 20-40 degrees of horizontal viewing rather than the 10-25 degrees of monitor viewing we need now. Desk lamps incorrectly placed and windows behind computers can cause glare. Bright lights shining on screens can “wash out” images, which can cause you to strain your eyes to make out the objects on the screen. Having a high contrast between light and dark areas around your workstation can also cause headaches and eye fatigue.
Follow these tips to avoid unnecessary strain and pain:

  • Use adjustable lighting to illuminate your keyboard and paperwork.
  • When doing paperwork, use spot lighting to increase the brightness and reduce eyestrain and headaches.
  • Take into consideration all glare sources – windows, overhead lighting, reflection off of glass, etc.
  • Place computers at a right angle to any window.
  • Utilize lamp shades and glare shields to redirect light away from your eyes.
  • Never place lights directly behind a computer monitor.
  • Use blinds or drapes to eliminate bright outside light.

For more information on ergonomic workstations and solutions, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit your local Relax The Back location.

Ergonomic Workstations: Office Monitor Habits

Monitor position is key when it comes to an ergonomic workstation. While many of these positions can happen, the ergonomically friendly position is ‘The Incline’.

Working at a computer for long hours at a time can often lead to some rather interesting monitor positions. While they may seem to work in the moment, some positions can cause eyestrain, eye fatigue, muscle pain and stress on the torso.

Follow this ergonomic guide to avoid unnecessary strain and pain:

  • Viewing distance should be 20-40 inches.
  • Center of the monitor should be 10-25 degrees below horizontal eye level. Raisers such as the iLevel Laptop Raiser make this an easy transition.
  • Monitor should be able to tilt from 5 degrees backward to 15 degrees forward to help eliminate glare.
  • Source documents should be at the same distance and height as the monitor
  • Monitor should be directly in front of the user and never more than 35 degrees of axis.
  • Top of monitor to keyboard should never be greater than a 60-degree angel.
  • Use a monitor arm such as the Humanscale Monitor Arm to reduce neck and upper back pain.

For more information on Ergonomic workstations and solutions, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit your local Relax The Back location to receive a custom adjustment of the proper angles for your monitor.