We’re all concerned about the height of our computer chairs, are our desks the right size, we purchase wrist rests, foot rests, ergonomically designed mouse and so on but we rarely look at ourselves and how we use theses ergonomically designed furniture.
Yes having a chair that is at the right height for you and making sure the screen is right in front of you so you don’t have to twist your neck to look at it are both a good idea. But we rarely look at how we might be sloughing on these chairs, how we might be tensing our neck and jaw as we’re gripping the computer mouse very tightly and generally misusing ourselves in these activities.
The awareness of what we are up to when we work, sit, eat or whatever activity we might do on a daily basis, is essential to learn how to reduce tension in ourselves. We can learn this practice, I have done just that over the years of practising the Alexander technique. I have learned how to not build so much tension as I’m working at a computer and how I can choose how I react to most situations in a calmer and more thoughtful way. I have suffered RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), neck pain, back pain before I started exploring and practicing new ways of moving and thinking.
If you suffer RSI you have probably looked at your set up at work, more than likely have gone to doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists and so on… And the outcome is probably not great if you are still looking for solutions.
Furniture ergonomics are only a small part of a solution. The Alexander technique will help you find solutions that can last a lifetime.