Migraines and computer screens

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Migraines and computer screens

Post  milo on Wed 18 May 2011, 8:05 pm

I don't know about you guys, but my head is almost always worsened by long periods on the computer. I know some people have tricks that make computer time a bit easier on the head.

What tricks do you use to be able to stay on the computer?

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Re: Migraines and computer screens

Post  alli on Thu 19 May 2011, 9:53 am

You HAVE to get up at least once an hour and walk around. Focus your eyes on something across the room periodically to give your eyes a rest and stretch your neck and shoulders. One of the biggest problems is getting sucked into the computer and not moving your head which makes all the muscles tight. My printer is across the room from my desk so I have to get up every time I print something.

These little tricks help a lot and when I do get too stiff for comfort, I have one of those rice filled heat wraps that I heat up and lay over my shoulders to relax them.

Hope this helps!

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Post  Ruth on Thu 19 May 2011, 7:21 pm

I can only be on the computer for a short time, or like Ali suggested, I get up after a while, walk around, or go do dishes, or make the bed, or something, just to get a break.

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Post  milo on Thu 19 May 2011, 8:48 pm

The good thing about my job is that I have to get up and down A LOT. I do need to work on my posture and stretch more during it though.

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Re: Migraines and computer screens

Post  Cluelesskitty on Fri 20 May 2011, 4:10 pm

I am not computer literate, but I've hear something about LCD or LED monitors -something like that
(shows how clueless I am, true to my nickname, lol)

and supposedly these are better for our eyes as the page refreshing is faster and less strenuous for the eye.
I don't know if it's true or not?

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Post  Migrainegirl on Sat 21 May 2011, 4:13 pm

Be sure to set up a very ergonomic workstation. One of the problems is that we tend to lean forward into the screen, or crane our neck up to see the screen, especially if there is glare. This sets up a lot of muscle spasms in the neck. Your screen should be so that you can see it straight on, with looking up or down. Enlarge the font size so that you can read comfortably with your head back against the head rest. Take frequent breaks to move around. You can set a timer on your computer to remind you to stretch every 20-30 minutes.

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