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Should office workers spend fewer hours at their computer? A systematic review of the literature
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    Re: Is a recommendation for fewer hours sensible?
    • Stefan IJmker, Researcher
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      • Maaike A. Huysmans, Birgitte M. Blatter, Allard J. van der Beek, Willem van Mechelen and Paulien M. Bongers

    Mr. Darby raises some interesting points regarding the prevention of discomfort and pain among computer users. The main topic is whether the suggestion to limit computer time (IJmker et al., 2007) has validity in preventing hand-arm-wrist and neck-shoulder symptoms.

    We agree with Mr Darby that reducing the duration of computer use without breaks may not be the solution for all workers. At present, there is unc...

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    Is a recommendation for fewer hours sensible?
    • Frank W. Darby,, Technical Specialist,
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    The authors suggest that reducing the work time is an answer to the discomfort and pain that computer users often get.

    If the discomfort and pain is due, however, to a combination of muscle tension and time, as comments in the section on biological plausibility seem to suggest, is this the only strategy possible?

    Limiting the painful effects of computer use (clearly worthwhile) by time alone may be su...

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