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Android App to Remind Me to Stretch?

I need an Android app that will remind me to stop and stretch my hands/wrists. Bonus for an app that shows what stretches I should be doing. [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Jun 16, 2014 - 8 answers

My arms ache from constant computer usage. Any tips / recommendations?

I have a dull, constant pain mostly around my elbows and forearms. I'm entrenched in a technology lifestyle - I work with computers full-time, enjoy gaming in my free-time, and hold my phone up to my face in bed. The pain impacts many activities I deem valuable. How can I mitigate or prevent this pain without drastically altering my lifestyle? I understand you are not my doctor. [more inside]
posted by WCF on Apr 4, 2014 - 23 answers

Work health

Should I be contacting my Occupational Health clinic for an computer-related injury? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Expectant mefite ISO cat-pee proof chair for baby noms and writing work

For the past year or so, this has been my writing/computing set-up. The chair (a used Shermag glider) was super comfortable, but also super ugly. But my cat keeps peeing on it, and crazynesting has me wanting a better-looking (and smelling) cat-pee proof replacement. Challenge: under $200. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 11, 2013 - 9 answers

where can I buy a standing desk in the UK?

I want to buy a standing desk, and I am willing to spend money on it. It doesn't seem possible to find the model I want in the UK. I'd also like to actually try the product before I buy it. Is there some kind of standing desk showroom I can actually visit (preferably, in London)? Do you have any other model recommendations? Details of search and criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Jul 21, 2013 - 1 answer

ergonomic keyboard/lapdesk for use on lap?

What ergonomic keyboard or lapdesk I can use on my lap, while sitting on my couch, to reduce RSI pain in my wrists and forearms? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jul 8, 2013 - 6 answers

I need a plan for helping my sore (not painful) back.

My back has been sore for 6 weeks, probably due to sitting all day plus overdoing exercise. It was a little sore before that, but in the past 6 weeks it’s been more noticeable. I've been taking it easy on my back in terms of exercise, but it still hasn’t healed completely, and I don't want this to go from sore now to painful later. I'm overwhelmed with the advice for taking care of my back – help me come up with a plan. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jun 11, 2013 - 11 answers

New car, yay! Hip pain, uh-oh.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new Subaru Impreza, which I drive for 45 minutes twice a day. Now I'm developing pain in my right hip, and I suspect there's a connection, or something I'm doing wrong, posture-wise. [more inside]
posted by dywypi on May 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Elbow on fire -- is it you damn mouse?

I looked up this question, but my pain is my elbow and not my hand, arm or wrist. Googling seems to tell me it's "tennis elbow". [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Apr 24, 2013 - 14 answers

What are the physical effects of regular computer usage?

What are the physical effects of regular computer usage? I'm looking for good, recent, resources that answer this question, preferably that are empirical/science-based and understandable to someone who has a basic, non-professional understanding of anatomy. [more inside]
posted by scribbler on Mar 31, 2013 - 2 answers

What's the latest word in bluetooth keyboards?

My Mac's 10-year-old bluetooth keyboard is acting up, and I'm pretty sure that it's death is imminent. I'd like to find a replacement, but Apple long ago stopped making full-sized wireless keyboards -- what are some good alternatives that exist in 2013? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Table. Keyboard Tray. Ergonomic.

I'm looking for a sturdy table. Rectangular. Plain. About 28" high or so. Maybe something that folds up, or with legs that unscrew. And I'm looking for a sturdy height- and tilt-adjustable keyboard tray, wide enough to fit a mouse. Cheap. Simple. Together or separate. Got any advice? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Dec 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Ergo, I need help.

Looking for an ergonomics person who will come to my office and ergonomicize my deskal region. Harrisburg, PA area. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Nov 15, 2012 - 1 answer

Can you help me find a unique foot rest for under my desk?

Help me find something comfortable, functional and maybe fun or unique to rest my feet on under my desk. [more inside]
posted by geeky on Oct 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Updated keyboard tray advice?

Keyboard trays for ergonomic joy and wrist, arm and neck bliss: any new suggestions? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Aug 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me choose a mouse that won't hurt me

Help me choose a computer mouse that won't hurt me the way the one I just bought does. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jul 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me determine how high to mount a bunch of touch screen computers!

Help me determine how high to mount a bunch of touch screen computers! [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on May 25, 2012 - 13 answers

Save my vagina from the horrible maw of my bike seat.

Love my women's-specific road bike, hate the numbness and pain its saddle causes in my women's-specific parts. Help me fix this? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on May 24, 2012 - 19 answers

stand and deliver

I want to buy a...something that would help me convert my regular desk into a standing desk and back into a sitting desk if I choose. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on May 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Don't lean on me

Leaning on my elbow is causing my shoulder much grief. And yet I keep doing it! How do I stop? [more inside]
posted by Acheman on May 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Beam me out of here!

ErgonomicsFilter: Why do i want to lean back in my office chair so much? Is there a way to get my chair to stay tilted back so i'm not pushing with feet all day? plus bonus question! [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Apr 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Help save a life.

Building a standing desk two-parter: 1) Should I get a mini stair climber, manual treadmill, or mini elliptical? 2) What's the best way to attach legs to this "desk"? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Feb 4, 2012 - 3 answers

What bag is the best one for me?

What is the most ergonomic way to carry around a bunch of stuff for work? I'd like to avoid using a wheeled cart if possible! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jan 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Calling All Office Furniture Geeks!

My entire body is screaming at me that it's time for a new desk chair, and it's got some pretty specific requirements. Can you recommend an awesome ergonomic task chair that meets my needs? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jan 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Need a crash course in ergonomics.

Advice and a crash course regarding ergonomics (and, to a lesser degree, posture) needed for a young web worker with a Macbook Pro and some signs of RSI. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jan 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Standing-height TV tray?

We have a computer hooked up to our TV and I would love to have something like a TV tray, but taller, so I could stand up behind it with the wireless mouse and keyboard and compute for short periods of time and then put it away. Know of any tallish tv trays or folding tall card tables or even something on wheels that would allow me to do something like this? Ikea is unfortunately not really an option, and I'm looking for something pretty cheap.
posted by mgogol on Jan 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for a way to bulk up an iPad

My elderly mother has and I-pad 2 for large print e-book reading, etc. She has limited mobility in her hands and is bedridden. Does anybody know of a case that makes the edges of the iphone "Bulkier"? [more inside]
posted by Megafly on Sep 16, 2011 - 17 answers

Your experience with iPad ergonomics?

iPad users - how are the ergonomics? I've found plenty of speculation about iPad ergonomics, but not a lot of discussion from actual users. How do you make the iPad comfortable for use? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Sep 15, 2011 - 28 answers

How can I learn to be comfortable and not so antsy, stiff, and tired while I work at my desk?

What can I do about this stiff/antsy/tired feeling I get when I'm at work? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Sep 15, 2011 - 23 answers

Laptop-style keyboard for desktop?

Recommendations for a laptop-style keyboard for desktop? [more inside]
posted by tamarack on Jul 12, 2011 - 16 answers

If it's not one limb, it's another

To save my hands, I battered my feet. So I stopped using this, salvaged my feet, and now my hands are aggressively complaining. Laptop stand advice requested. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Jun 24, 2011 - 4 answers

New Home Office "HR" Policies

I'll soon be working from home full time. What are some "policies" I can enact for my home office to keep my productivity, sanity and health intact? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Mar 31, 2011 - 21 answers

Yarrrrr, my spine be curved, and so be my chair?

I switched jobs about a month ago, and since then, my back has been killing me. Help me be more comfortable. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me relieve shoulder and neck pain from torn rotator cuff and computer use.

Help me relieve shoulder and neck pain from torn rotator cuff and computer use. [more inside]
posted by aorkis on Jan 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Will the not-painful knot in my shoulder ever go away?

Will the not-painful knot in my shoulder ever go away? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on Dec 23, 2010 - 6 answers

Office furniture for people who sit all day and work too long.

High ergonomics to cost ratio office furniture for people who sit at their desks 12 hours a day? [more inside]
posted by snafu on Dec 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Replacement for our Humpty-Dumpty-esque Bookchairs?

Is there a more durable equivalent of the Bookchair that I could get my sister for Christmas? Right now, our home is littered with bookchairs that fell to the ground and broke in a pretty permanent way. And that's awfully tiring. The key component is the fact that the page holder "tabs" can adjust for either very thick or (somewhat) thin books, so that's vital in any replacement. I'm in Canada.
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Keyboard Tray Recommendations?

Recommend an awesomely adjustable keyboard slide/tray for my obnoxiously thick Expedit desk? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Nov 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Seeking a Lap Desk for Both iPad and MacBook Pro

I don't even know whether it's possible, but if anyone finds it so they're no doubt here. My MacBook Pro is getting too hot on my lap and my iPad is too unsteady propped up on a couch pillow. In the spirit of multi-use it would be great to find a lap desk that serves both functions and, as I've studied every model out there, I'm hoping to hear from others with real-world experience. [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Nov 9, 2010 - 15 answers

Ergonomic herb-snipping and food-shredding tools?

I'm looking for more ergonomic solutions to snipping herbs and shredding food in the kitchen. These are the two most painful kitchen tasks for me due to existing repetitive strain injuries. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 31, 2010 - 18 answers

I'd like to be less hunchy please

I've come to the conclusion that I need a bed desk. Any good recommendations for the sub-$50 budget? Sub-$100? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies on Sep 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Two monitors, one shoulder; how do I relieve the pain?

How do I survive, ergonomically speaking, with two monitors? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Sep 16, 2010 - 17 answers

Ergonomic Chair Basics

I have been given a budget of $500 to select a new office chair. I don't know what to look for and could use some help! [more inside]
posted by en el aire on Jul 15, 2010 - 13 answers

How can I use a desktop computer while lying down?

How can I use a desktop computer while lying down in order to avoid severe back pain? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Feb 9, 2010 - 15 answers

How to deal with desk with sharp edges?

A desk I bought from office depot a couple of months ago has sharp edges -- not sharp enough to cut, but sharp enough to be plenty annoying if I ever touch those edges. Is there any easy and not-ugly way to deal with these?
posted by shivohum on Nov 25, 2009 - 14 answers

Big monitor, big monitor, talk about eyestrain, my girl's got 'er

We're a Mac office, and we rotate the computers around when we get new ones. So imagine my delight when I got my weird 15" G4 monitor magically replaced with my boss' 24" iMac! w00t!... except that the giant size really spaces me out. Help! [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Nov 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Does taking breaks for ergonomics hurt flow?

Doesn't taking breaks for ergonomic reasons hurt "flow"? [more inside]
posted by defben on Oct 22, 2009 - 13 answers

MacBook Unibody Floppy-Hinge Hacks?

The hinge on my partner's new unibody MacBook Pro is just-loose-enough to make using it in bed annoying. Solutions, cases or a hack welcomed. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Sep 19, 2009 - 24 answers

Ergonomics question

Help me to achieve a pain-free workstation. I seem to be an ergonomic freak. After my job's ergo chief and her boss have measured me, changed my chair, and lowered my desk, I still have such neck and shoulder pain after an hour at the desk that my productivity is severely compromised. For hours after, I'm in pain. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Sep 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Recommendations for an adjustable ergonomic keyboard arm/tray?

Recommendations for an adjustable ergonomic keyboard arm/tray? This seems to be such a niche market that there is little to no advice to find through searching. An Amazon search yields items with one or (mostly) zero reviews, and not even nerd-frequented sites (MeFi, reddit, etc.) seem to have any posts related to this subject. There are some about desks but that's about it. So, does anyone here have recommendations?
posted by mackstann on Aug 24, 2009 - 8 answers

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