The human body was not designed to use a computer for
any significant period of time. When an individual is using a computer,
they are usually forced to maintain an awkward, unnatural posture while
performing repetitive tasks. These tasks include typing on a keyboard,
clicking on a mouse, moving your mouse, staring at a monitor and remaining
stationary for hours at a time.
The study of ergonomics seeks to identify the potential
causes for injury that result from the above tasks and develop methods
and products which reduce the risk of Repetitive Stress Injury or RSI.
Failure to take ergonomic considerations into account can result in
increased stress, discomfort, muscle fatigue and eventually serious
injury if you use your computer more than 2 hours a day (at home or
The following links will assist you in navigating ErgoCanada's
Guide to Ergonomics.