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Ergonomics: Keeping Comfortable in Your Home Office

Big companies spend big bucks studying ergonomics and how to avoid repetitive-motion injuries. Ergonomics is a subfield of biotechnology—those studies relating biological and engineering data to the relationship between people and machines.

What are repetitive-motion injuries? Carpal tunnel syndrome, relatively unknown until a few years ago, has not only burst into the news and lawsuits, but has spawned new equipment to help ease this injury or avoid it in the first place. If you are fortunate enough to not have this injury, you may not know that it can literally incapacitate your arm and hand in the affected side—or both right and left, though that is less common—by irritating the carpal tunnel nerve. This is most often caused by keyboarding eight hours a day or any other type of job in which someone repeats a motion all day long, or much of the day, and the nerve gets inflamed. This is just one of many repetitive motion injuries possible, depending on your job (though it is one of the most common and gets a great deal of media attention).


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