What is it about?

This paper is a literature review showing how historically experts in the ergonomic field have recommended resting on the work surface to obtain forearm support when using computers. This practice has resulted in poor posture. We need the effort of workers to engage in postural training and learn how to avoid awkward postures. Using the chair's armrests as a support when using the mouse is an effective go-to position that encourages sitting back in one's chair, receiving needed lumbar support, avoiding shoulder abduction, and mitigating the impact of contact stress.

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Why is it important?

What is presented in this paper can fundamentally change the way people work by shaping future research to consider alternative working postures that have conventionally not been advocated for but retrospectively seem obvious.

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This page is a summary of: Mouse with your arm™: Facilitating forearm support using the chair armrest to prevent and mitigate musculoskeletal disorders, Work, February 2020, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/wor-203103.
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