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Robyn Gallagher

Occupational Discomfort

The occupational health nurse came around at work checking everyone's workstation (i.e. desk).

My desk was declared to be both bad, wicked and evil because of the following:

  • The desk was too high
  • The monitor was too high
  • The keyboard was too far away
  • The mouse was too far away

Nursie said, "you must get terrible neck and back ache at the end of the day!" I said I didn't, but I don't think she believed me. But really, if I was in physical pain at the end of every day, I would have done something about it long ago.

Then nursie lowered the monitor stand and desk height, and moved my keyboard and mouse closer. She asked me if I could feel a change. I said no, and that it felt odd.

A quick explanation of what Occupational Overuse Symdrome was and how stretching out your fingers, hands, arms, back and neck is a good thing to do. Nothing I didn't already know.

The nurse then moved onto the next desk and I found myself with a desk that was uncomfortable. So like a true geek I put the desk up to the height I liked, put the monitor back up, and moved the keyboard and mouse pad back to where I liked that.

And quelle surprise, no back pain, no neck pain. I left work at the end of the day feeling normal.