Ergonomics won’t solve your problems

How many different ergonomic products have you tried? Different keyboards, different keyboard trays, different mice, different chairs…I know I’ve been through plenty, and I still experiment with new ones all the time.


kinesis split keyboard from amazon

One example of an ergonomic product I love is the Kinesis Freestyle keyboard.

But there’s one thing that I always remind myself and others: ergonomic contraptions themselves are not the FULL solution.

Even if you find a way to sit and work that is stupendously comfortable (perhaps in a zero gravity chamber with your computer hardwired into your brain?), you’d still be subject to one overriding principle that you will never get around.

Your body needs to move!

Even when you lie down to sleep for the night, your body still moves.

Your brain and your muscles (and all the blood vessel, nerve, and connective tissue friends) need activity to ensure health. Muscles weaken without constant work. Your brain loses the ability to activate specific muscles if it doesn’t activate those those muscles for a long time (think about your poor hip/butt muscles after you’ve been sitting all day).

Ergonomic solutions are a great way to help make sure you keep your body able to move, but they are not a substitute for movement!


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.