If you are like me then you will agree that there is absolutely no better way on this earth to unwind like heading to you PC or games console, putting in a good game, sitting back and enjoying the ride. Maybe you’ve gone to extreme (and totally understandable) lengths in order to make the most out of this experience? You’ve set up your huge, curved screen, you’ve lined up your energy drinks so you can go for hours, you’ve even installed a neat little mini fridge to make sure they are cool and that you’ll have food on hand when your base needs arise. Everything is going well, until a few hours in when your neck, your shoulders and your lower back are aching like never before. What has gone wrong? Well though you have thought about everything you could need you haven’t thought about what your body needs and you aren’t alone in this, a mammoth number of gamers suffer from similar ailments foe the same reason. So, let us take a look at how ergonomics can change that for you.
What it Can do For You?
For those that don’t know ergonomics is a process in which the space you use is designed to specifically meet your physical needs, reducing the risk of injury whilst using it. There are plenty of items available that can help with specific needs, take for example an ergonomic keyboard. Say you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, often keyboards will put the median nerve in your hand under pressure, to put this to a stop you can purchase a keyboard that is specifically designed to position your hands so that this won’t happen. As a gamer you’ll be wanting to look at certain items that will prevent pain in the back, neck and shoulders.
Your chair will do more for you than you would imagine and as such you want to make sure you’re sitting on one that supports the above-mentioned areas as well as your head and you buttocks. A chair with a high back that extends beyond your head will help for support. You’ll want to recline the backrest so it is sitting at roughly 30 degrees. Lumbar support is also important for your back, if your chair doesn’t already have this try placing a pillow behind your lower back. Most desk chairs have an adjustable height, place it at a point where you can place your feet flat on the floor with your knees resting at a 90-degree angle.
Your desk can cause jus as many issues for you as a chair can, the only issue here is that desks aren’t quite as dynamic as chairs, so it isn’t as easy to adjust things like the height and angle of it. Essentially you want to make sure you are able to rest your arms on it at 90-degree angle, this should make sure your blood is flowing naturally and no nerves are blocked.
With those simple changes you should find that you have a far more comfortable experience, allowing your downtime to actually be relaxing. Now take a cool sip of that refreshing energy drink and get back out there, soldier!