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Poll: Do you use any special equipment to protect your body while working on the computer?
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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Peruvian poncho Apr 15, 2012

If by "protect your body" you mean keep it warm, then, yes, I often drape myself in a cosy Peruvian poncho. It leaves my arms free to tap away and helps cut down on outrageous heating bills. I don't wear any other kind of armour ... bullet-proof vest, hi-viz jacket, hard hat, etc. (This is a riskier profession than many people realise ...)
Jenny


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Eye drops Apr 15, 2012

To keep from getting dry eye, which can lead to glaucoma. (I forget to blink when I'm staring at the computer.)

I've seen these pendants that you wear around the neck to ward off evil rays from the computer, but they are pricey and I wasn't convinced they would make that much difference.


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Mailand  Identity Verified
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Warmth can become an issue ... Apr 15, 2012

Jenny Forbes wrote:

If by "protect your body" you mean keep it warm, then, yes, I often drape myself in a cosy Peruvian poncho. It leaves my arms free to tap away and helps cut down on outrageous heating bills. I don't wear any other kind of armour ... bullet-proof vest, hi-viz jacket, hard hat, etc. (This is a riskier profession than many people realise ...)
Jenny


When I read the poll topic, I didn´t think about this kind of protection, so I answered with a "No", but taking "warmth" into consideration, I should have answered "yes", as I often do use a comforting blanket when sitting still in front of the monitor turns my legs and hands into ice-cold extensions ...


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Isabelle F. BRUCHER  Identity Verified
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Yes, and find it useful Apr 15, 2012

Well, I suppose the author was thinking about:

- anti-glare screen filters

(http://www.discountofficeitems.com/technology/computer-accessories/screen-filters-protectors/glare-radiation-filters/fellowes-standard-anti-glare-screen-filter/p28950.html)

"Filters eliminate 99 percent of monitor glare to reduce eyestrain.
Traditional tint increases contrast, clarity of text and images for easier viewing.

Protects CRT and LCD monitors and reduces screen glare.
Helps relieve headaches, eyestrain and fatigue.
Safely dissipates damaging static electricity."

- wrist pads

(http://www.fruggle.co.uk/furniture123/prods2589.htm)

"mouse pad with gel filled lycra wrist support offers unbelievable comfort. Unique contour shape. Makes long hours at the computer more relaxing."

- keyboard wrist rests

(http://www.burrisinc.com/Categories/Technology/Computer-Accessories.aspx)

(+ see "Mouse Pad Wrist Rest" and "Foam Mouse Pad on this website too)

- a good chair, with a good back/lumbar support, no armrests and adjustable height, so that legs are at a square angle;

- a foot rest (see also: http://www.privacyscreens.co.in/);

- a screen at a correct height to protect your back (laptop on a pile of telephone books/boxes...);

- a table at the correct height (or with adjustable feet), so that arms, too, are at a square angle. So both arms and legs should be at a square angle;

- wearing 60 to 80 DEN nylon stockings (or socks, also for men!) (but protecting the full leg is preferable) plus walking from time to time is highly recommended by medical doctors if you sit for long hours for your profession.

This helps the blood go back to your heart and prevents it from sitting in your ankles, which might become swollen after several years, and thus painful (and ugly).

This has nothing to do with support stockings, which are the medical type when it's already too late and not as sexy of course.

With 60 to 80 DEN (this is a measure of the thickness), you get a good support but your legs still show through and you look as sexy as with normal stockings.

You easily find those in shops that sell socks & stockings. In Belgium they are sold at Veritas shops and Inno department stores, for example.

You get a reduction if you get yourself a (regular customer's) discount card.

A vein specialist ("phlébologue") will treat you if it's already a bit late, and will give you a list of tips to prevent any (further) damage.

It's worth it in a profession like ours !

Women suffer from these types of aches from an early age. My general practitioner said this was a women's thing. But I have heard men complain from it too, for example professional drivers who are sitting the whole day.

- doing gym exercises at breaks;

what else ?

[Edited at 2012-04-15 09:48 GMT]


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes Apr 15, 2012

Nowadays I get a special anti-glare finish on the lenses of my spectacles which supposedly protects my eyes... whether it works or not I can't say, but I have never suffered from headaches or serious visual problems, just the usual symptoms of encroaching decrepitude.
The speech recognition SW I use is also saving quite a bit of wear and tear on my wrists etc...


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Yes Apr 15, 2012

I use a wrist pad, an ergonomic mouse and keyboard, a good ergonomic chair, and eye drops...aside from keeping warm. Additionally I have a wooden, nopped roller board under my desk. On it I can either comfortably rest my feet or move them back and forth, which provides the soles with an excellent massage to avoid blood circulation problems even after many hours at the desk.

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Paula Hernández
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Just what I was thinking Apr 15, 2012

Jenny Forbes wrote:

If by "protect your body" you mean keep it warm, then, yes, I often drape myself in a cosy Peruvian poncho. It leaves my arms free to tap away and helps cut down on outrageous heating bills. I don't wear any other kind of armour ... bullet-proof vest, hi-viz jacket, hard hat, etc. (This is a riskier profession than many people realise ...)
Jenny


I use clothes and I'm thinking of maybe buying a bunker and working inside it.


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Kalevi Tirkkonen
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No, but thinking about it Apr 15, 2012

I definitely have to start paying more attention to ergonomics. I've developed a chronic pain in my shoulder and neck on the side where my mouse used to be; I had to switch the mouse to the other side by reversing the functionality of the buttons. I've been thinking about getting a cordless keyboard with an integrated mouse pad so I could change my typing position more dynamically and would not have to reach for the mouse anymore.

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Joeri Van Liefferinge  Identity Verified
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Ergonomic keyboard Apr 15, 2012

I bought an ergonomic keyboard when I suffered from RSI in both wrists about eight years ago and I haven't had any RSI problems ever since.

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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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No, nothing Apr 15, 2012

A warm jumper or cardigan to save on heating costs.

Never ever would you catch me wearing tights at home. In fact, I don't even own any and I detest the feeling of any kind of synthetic fabrics on my skin. BTW, I still believe a little exercise goes a long way.

[Edited at 2012-04-15 12:19 GMT]


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Samantha Payn  Identity Verified
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Ergonomic keyboard and back chair Apr 15, 2012

Yes, I have an ergonomic keyboard which I wouldn't want to do without - it is so much more comfortable than a straight one. The "back chair" (a kneeling chair) is also extremely comfortable for long hours at the screen. I have a mouse mat with a wrist-rest, too.

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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I've decided... Apr 15, 2012

to make my answer as ambiguously (and strangely) phrased as the question:

No, I don't use protection


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Thanks Apr 15, 2012

Ty Kendall wrote:

to make my answer as ambiguously (and strangely) phrased as the question:

No, I don't use protection


for the chuckle, Ty.


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xxxjacana54  Identity Verified
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Wrist pad and foot rest Apr 15, 2012

In one of his lectures Xosé Castro recommended using a footrest and for over a year I simply had an old tray leaning on top of a shoe box. Then my friend Laura Bissio made a design which several of us took to the local carpenter. It does make a difference.

Also an ergonomic chair - my daughter, who is a physiotherapist, insisted on this, and she was right.

And a wrist pad is essential!



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