YOU are not alone if you are experiencing physical pain while typing or using the mouse.

Darshillan Ramachandran, a registered ergonomics trained person (ETP) with the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), has encountered many office workers who ignore the pain, which is the result of spending long hours in front of a computer screen.

“We were shocked to find out that an accountant in a manufacturing company was experiencing pain all the way from the neck, back and down to her fingers after years of working at her desk.

“There were times she felt she couldn’t move her fingers after waking up,” says Darshillan, who works at Mesh Consultancy & Training Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

According to Darshillan, she had put up with the discomfort for years, thinking that it was part of the job.

As more people spend time staring at screens, he says ergonomics – which he defines as the science of fitting the job to the worker to ensure it matches their physical capabilities – is essential in preventing discomfort.

However, most people are unaware of proper posture or how to position their hands when using a desktop or laptop, he adds.

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