Transcript: Computer Ergonomics | Jun 28, 2000

(music plays)

The opening sequence begins.

Clips of people of different ages flash on screen one by one against an animated blue sky background. First a baby boy, then a 10-year-old boy with short brown hair, a teenage girl with curly brown hair, a man in his thirties with middle-parted brown hair and glasses, and finally a woman in her sixties with long gray hair.

The title appears: "Your Health."

Maureen stands in a studio with windows and sofa chairs in the background. She is in her forties, has short, side-parted, curly blond-highlighted brown hair in a bob, and wears a blue suit.

Maureen says HI, I'M MAUREEN
TAYLOR.
NECK ACHE, EYE STRAIN,
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME?
SITTING FOR HOURS
AT A COMPUTER
CAN BE HAZARDOUS
TO YOUR HEALTH.
HERE'S PHYSIOTHERAPIST
KAREN WEBB
TO SHOW US HOW TO
AVOID THE PROBLEMS
ASSOCIATED WITH
A DESK JOB.

Karen Webb appears in an office. She is in her fifties with greying blond hair pulled in a ponytail. She is wearing a black blazer with a blue shirt.

Karen says MANY OF US SIT FOR
LONG HOURS AT DESKS
AND COMPUTERS.
COMMON COMPLAINTS
INCLUDE LOW BACK PAIN,
STIFF NECKS, MUSCLE TENSION
IN THE SHOULDER/NECK AREA
AND WRIST AND
HAND PROBLEMS.

A young woman is showing sitting in front of a computer screen. She twists her neck and massages her shoulder and neck area.

Back in the office, Karen says THERE ARE SOME SIMPLE
STEPS WE CAN TAKE TO HELP
MINIMIZE AND TO PREVENT
MANY OF THESE PROBLEMS.
OUR SPINES HAVE A
NATURAL INWARD CURVE
IN OUR NECK AND IN
OUR LOWER BACK.

A caption reads "Karen Webb. Physiotherapist."

Karen continues
WHEN SITTING, YOU
NEED TO ENSURE
THAT YOU SUPPORT THAT
NATURAL INWARD CURVE
IN YOUR LOWER BACK,
IF YOUR CHAIR DOES NOT
PROVIDE ADEQUATE SUPPORT,
THEN YOU NEED TO
ADD SUPPORT.
THIS CAN BE IN THE FORM
OF A LOWER BACK ROLL,
WHICH IS A
FOAM CYLINDER.
AND THAT'S PLACED RIGHT
IN THE BACK AREA.
OR, A PORTABLE BACK
SUPPORT SUCH AS THIS,
OR EVEN A
ROLLED-UP TOWEL.

She picks up a black padded back support in the chair in front of her. The pad is relatively the same shape as the back of the chair.

Karen continues
WHEN SITTING
IN THE CHAIR,
MAKE SURE THE SEAT OF
THE CHAIR SUPPORTS YOU
FROM YOUR HIPS,
TO YOU KNEES
AND THAT YOUR FEET ARE
FLAT ON THE FLOOR.
IF SITTING AT A COMPUTER,
YOU WANT TO SIT
APPROXIMATELY AN ARM'S LENGTH
BACK FROM THE COMPUTER
AND YOU WANT THE TOP LINE OF
PRINT LEVEL WITH YOUR EYES.

A clip shows the young woman from before now sitting an arm’s length away from her computer while typing on the keyboard.

Karen continues
KEEP YOUR HEAD AND YOUR
NECK IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION.
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF
POKING YOURSELF FORWARD,
THEN YOU NEED TO ALTER THE
POSITION OF YOUR MONITOR.
TO POSITION YOUR KEYBOARD,
RELAX YOUR SHOULDERS,
HAVE YOUR ARMS
BY YOUR SIDE,
BEND YOUR ELBOW TO
ABOUT 90 DEGREES,
AND YOUR FOREARMS
PARALLEL TO THE FLOOR.
FINALLY, INTERRUPT
SITTING.
GET UP EVERY HOUR OR SOONER
TO TAKE A STRETCH BREAK.
STRETCH YOUR ARMS
AND YOUR HANDS.
STRETCH YOUR NECK
AND YOUR BACK.
AND DON'T FORGET TO
STRETCH YOUR EYES
BY LOOKING AWAY
FROM YOUR MONITOR.

A slate reads "Viewers should consult their own medical professional for advice specific to their individual circumstances."

A production of TVO Ontario, copyright The Ontario Educational Communications Authority 2000.

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